On 11/23/2011 4:27 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
The simulation argument:
If any civilization in this universe or others has reached the point where they choose
to explore consciousness (rather than or in addition to exploring their environment)
then there are super-intelligences which may chooses to see what it is like to be you,
or any other human, or any other species. After they generate this experience, they may
integrate its memories into the larger super-mind, and therefore there are continuations
where you "become one with god". Alternate post-singularity civilizations may maintain
individuality, in which case, any one person choosing to experience another being's life
will after experiencing that life "awaken" to find themselves in a type of heaven or
nirvana offering unlimited freedom, from which they can come back to earth or other
physical worlds as they choose (via simulation).
Therefore, even for those that don't survive to see the human race become a
trans-humanist, omega-point civilization, and for those that don't upload their brain,
there remain paths to these other realities. I think this can address the eternal
aging implied by many-worlds: eventually, the probability that you survive by other
means, e.g., waking up as a being in a post-singularity existence, exceeds the
probability of continued survival through certain paths in the wave function.
Why stop there. Carrying the argument to it's natural conclusion the above has already
happened (infinitely many) times and we are now all in the simulation of the
super-intelligent beings who long ago discovered that nirvana is too boring.
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