On 2/14/2013 10:49 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 13 Feb 2013, at 23:51, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 2/13/2013 5:40 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
[SPK wrote} What difference that makes a difference does that
make in the grand scheme of things? The point is that we cannot
'prove' that we are not in a gigantic simulation. Yeah, we
cannot prove a negative, but we can extract a lot of valuable
insights and maybe some predictions from the assumption that
'reality = best possible simulation".
I just realized how to translate that into my view: "Reality =
making the most sense possible." Same thing really. That's why I
talk about multisense Realism, with Realism being the quality of
maximum unfiltered sense. Since sense is subtractive, the more
senses you have overlapping and diverging, the less there is that
you are missing. Reality = nothing is missing (i.e. only possible at
the Absolute level), Realism = you can't tell that anything is
missing from your perceptual capacity/inertial frame/simulation.
I don't like the word simulation per se, because I think that
anything the idea of a Matrix universe does for us would be negated
by the idea that the simulation eventually has to run on something
which is not a simulation, otherwise the word has no meaning. Either
way, the notion of simulation doesn't make any of the big questions
more answerable, even if it is locally true for us.
I like the idea of a Matrix universe exactly for that reason; it
takes resources to 'run' it. No free lunch, even for universes!!!
No free lunch indeed, but the arithmetical lunch becomes enough to
explain consciousness and matter, in a sufficient precise way to be
But explanations are not realities, even if people think of them as
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