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Comment Re:Nihilistic Philosophy (Score 1) 327

It is not necessary for our existence to be a lie. The existence of the Sims in SimCity is not a lie to them either. Their existence seems very real to them, just as real as our existence seems to us. Just like the creators of SimCity have a purpose for having created their simulation, why couldn't the Creator of our simulation not also have a purpose? In either case, that purpose could only be known if the Creator of the simulation decided to REVEAL that purpose. Anytime someone reveals something to you, the only choices you have is to either BELIEVE that revelation or not. That is why is the master programmer, God himself, has set the requirement of FAITH in order for the Sims(humans) to have a relationship with him and to learn the purpose for their existence.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 1) 327

What you are saying would only be true if the simulation is running in a computer of the kind we are familiar with. Those all require matter-energy to exist. All computers we know anything about are deterministic. If this simulation is running in a mind which exists out side of this simulation, then your objection would disappear. That great unfathomable mind is what we have labeled God.

Comment Re:How about as an Adult? (Score 1) 327

If the simulation is running in a physical computer, the kind we are familiar with, then there would be no self determination. If that simulation is running in a MIND which in turn simulates other minds, human minds, then those minds would not be deterministic either. Computers are deterministic, but minds are not.

Comment Re:Cognitive Dissonance (Score 1) 327

To the Sims in SimCity the programmer would always be "supernatural" because he/she is outside of the simulation. The Programmer of the simulation, that is the universe, is also outside of this universe. The owner of a fish aquarium resides outside of the aquarium, but can also interact with things inside the aquarium.

Comment Re: There is at least one big difference (Score 1) 327

Those multiple universes could be nothing more than multiple simulation programs running in the same processor. That processor or cannot consist of matter and energy, because those are part of our simulation. This simulation could be running in an all powerful mind. That mind has been labeled God. The Sims in SimCity cannot know anything about the programmer unless that programmer somehow included himself in the program. If he/she did, the only choice they would have is to is it believe him or not. That is also the only choice that we have and our simulation of this universe. God has revealed to us certain things about himself. Like any revelation, that can only be BELIEVED. That is why God tells us in the Bible that it is impossible to please him without faith.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 327

How does anybody know whether the world we observe is independently real or is nothing more than a sophisticated DIGITAL simulation running in the mind of God? All humans, including "scientists" ultimately have to BELIEVE or not what their senses and their extensions tell them about the universe. There is no way we can say for sure that what we think is "real" is in fact so. A sufficiently advanced Technology is indistinguishable from a miracle and a sufficiently detailed and sophisticated simulation this indistinguishable from "Reality".

The universe has characteristics of a digital simulation. For one thing, time, space, matter-energy each have a minimum quantity beyond which they cannot be divided. Our universe is quantized. It has a finite number of particles and a finite number of states. That means it is computable. All digital processing also occurs in bits that cannot be made smaller.

It appears that the Big Bang came from nothing. EVERY SIMULATION always starts from nothing whenever the simulation program starts running, Our universe has a speed limit. It is the speed of light. That is a fact, but nobody knows the reason why the speed of light is any particular speed and not arbitrarily faster or slower. EVERY SIMULATION also has a speed limit. It is the maximum rate of execution of the program. Life and the various lifeforms appeared suddenly. In EVERY SIMULATION new things come into being, where nothing like them existed before.

Werner Heisenberg, the originator of the quantum of uncertainty principle stated, "atoms or particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities, rather than one of things or facts.” (Physics and Philosophy page 160)

All we can do is to either BELIEVE or DISBELIEVE what the programmer of the simulation may have revealed, if anything. That is why God tells us in the Bible that it is impossible to please him without faith. EVERYONE has faith in something or someone.

Comment Re:I knew it. (Score 1) 394

I installed Windows 10 in a VM on my Mac in order to find out whether the software I need to use will work correctly. Since it is older software, it does not need any network connection of any kind except to activate it. It works just fine so far. I see no advantage of Windows 10 over my day to day use of Windows 7, also on a VM. Other than the original installation, I can and do unplug both versions of Windows from the Internet. It may be that five years or less, it will be impossible to buy any software that will work independently, without an Internet connection.

Comment Re:Easiest question all week. (Score 1) 252

I would buy a car right now that would drive autonomously on freeways only. Driving on city streets and highways has much more chance for unforeseen circumstances. Having the ability to get on a freeway in San Francisco in the evening and waking up in LA in the morning would seem to me is presently within the technology's grasp. Fully autonomous driving everywhere is technically and legally still a ways off.

Comment Re: i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 1) 252

I learned to drive in San Francisco in a three speed stick shift vehicle. The test for drivers license involved starting on a steep hill WITHOUT rolling back and also parallel parking on that hill. Anyone failing to do both of those things automatically failed the test. I managed to do it on my first try! Nowadays many people don't even know how to drive a standard shift car anymore.

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