On 14 January 2014 07:16, Edgar L. Owen <edgaro...@att.net> wrote:

> Terren,
> I just explained how it is possible to tell if your particular simulation
> is accurate or not. The fact of your continued existence. If it didn't
> accurately model the logic of external reality you wouldn't be here. The
> 'Matrix' scenario that you can't distinguish between all possible
> simulations is adolescent irrational sci fi BS. And if you recall, even in
> the Matrix they COULD tell which was real and which wasn't.
> If your simulation was seriously inaccurate you wouldn't be here to tell
> me I couldn't tell....

You are confusing accuracy with fitness for purpose. Mental simulations
evolved to help organisms survive in a given environment. Parrots can see
23 colours, pigeons can see 75 frames per second, sharks can detect the
magnetic fields of muscles moving, owls can spot a rodent a mile away, dogs
can detect individual molecules of scent. Humans are deaf, dumb and blind
compared to what's available out there. How are our tiny optical and
acoustic windows, for example, "accurate" when they miss out so much
information...? Not to mention the multiple ways our visual cortex can be
fooled (e.g. by optical illusions - shapes that are uncommon in nature) ?

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