What makes some computations real is that they are computing real and 
actual processes of reality. They are actually running in reality computing 
the actual state of reality instead of running in some teen ager's fantasy 
or video game. That should be obvious...

Example the computations that determine the conservation of particle 
properties in particle interactions are real because they are actually 
computing real processes. But the computations that are running in a video 
game or sci fi film are obviously not computing any reality at all.

Are we now unable to distinguish fiction from reality?


On Monday, January 13, 2014 9:01:34 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
>  On 1/13/2014 5:49 PM, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
> Jason, 
>  Come on Jason, the whole notion of 'living inside a video game' is 
> adolescent fantasy. Is there some real person living inside the game? If so 
> he has to actually be living outside the game (a la Matrix strapped to a 
> couch with wires and tubes) and thus subject to the actual laws of reality.
>  If someone is just a character in a video game then he is not a real and 
> actual being and totally irrelevant.
>  I can't believe anyone would take this idea seriously...
> How is it different from your idea that everything is just computation?  I 
> know you keep insisting that your computations are in the really real real 
> world that really exists.  But what makes that world real?  Is it just a 
> contingent fact that some computations are really real and others aren't?
> Brent

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