From: Peter de Blanc (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jan 29 2008 - 21:06:50 MST
On Tue, 2008-01-29 at 22:14 -0500, Thomas McCabe wrote:
> > > "* We might live in a computer simulation and it might be too
> > > computationally expensive for our simulators to simulate our world
> > > post-Singularity.
> > > o Rebuttal synopsis: This scenario can be used to argue
> > > or against, any idea whatsoever. For idea X, just say "What if the
> > > simulators killed us if we did X?", or "What if the simulators
> > > us if we didn't do X?". "
> > This is not a rebuttal. Just because an idea can be misused to argue
> > all sorts of things does not make it false (consider evolution,
> > mechanics).
> An idea which can argue for absolutely *anything* must have zero
> information content. See
Hypotheses don't argue. People argue. Hypotheses generate probability
distributions which can be revealed by careful analysis.
You ignored my example:
> Hypothesis 1: We are in a computer simulation, and it will be shut
> if it becomes much more computationally expensive.
> Hypothesis 2: We are in a computer simulation, and it will be shut
> _unless_ it becomes much more computationally expensive.
> Is hypothesis 2 exactly as plausible as hypothesis 1? I would say it's
> much less plausible.
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