For God's sakes, the "characters in a video game'" don't know anything. 
They are completely fictional characters. You seem to have lost all touch 
with reality in your zeal to find something to criticize. I can't believe 
we are actually having this discussion... Do you also believe ghosts, 
trolls and fairies "know things"?


On Monday, January 13, 2014 9:21:46 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
> On 1/13/2014 6:10 PM, Edgar L. Owen wrote: 
> > Brent, 
> > 
> > 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? 
> We can distinguish the video game from our reality because it is embedded 
> in our reality.   
> But the characters in the video game can't know that.  And we can't know 
> whether we're 
> embeded in some bigger reality.  Physicist speculate some of the physical 
> constants that 
> go into the standard model were just determined by random symmetry 
> breaking and might had 
> different values in distant parts of the universe or in other universes. 
>  Do you have some 
> argument that this can't be so and that THIS is the only possible world? 
> Brent 

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