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?
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