Re: [sl4] Rolf's gambit revisited

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Mon Jan 12 2009 - 08:17:57 MST

>> The difference between pascal's wager and rolf's gambit is that gods do not
>> exist, and AIs do. In fact, for rolf's gambit to work, you have to already
>> HAVE one.
> How do you know that gods don't exist? If the godlike AI that simulates the universe that you now observe programs you to believe that it doesn't exist, then that is what you will believe.

Yes, but with that type of reasoning, nothing is knowable and nothing
is true. Unless you have a short cut directly into the mind of this
hypothetical AI, we have to make do with evidence and facts of the
world, as we perceive it. And the evidence for the non-existence of
gods, as they are conventionally imagined, is overwhelming.


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