Poll: do we exist?
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View poll results: do we exist?
we're trapped in an infinite loop of simulations created by simulations
39 18%
we're trapped in a sick SIMS experiment
27 12%
we dont exist
47 21%
You're insane: we're the only self aware beings that exist
107 49%
Voters: 220.
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#1
article:

http://m.io9.com/5799396/youre-living-in-a-computer-simulation-and-math-proves-it

are we living in a simulation created by a simulation created by a simulation?

do we even exist?

are we puppets in some kind of sick SIMS-esque experiment??

discuss
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#2
i already knew this. cause Morgan Freeman said so.
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#5
Should've taken the blue pill.
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#6
We have no freedom, basically. Everything in our life is mapped out, everything is going to happen for a reason. You can accept this a be happy or deny it and be sad and confused all your life.
#7
wheres the "fuck this shit im high" option?
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#9
Apparently, the Ashbringer is relevant.
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#12
I think reality is a lot less exciting than we'd like to think it is.
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#15
lol nah.

I dont buy it, otherwise where is the empty house in my culde-sac?

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#16
It doesn't matter.
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#17
'The odds you are living in a computer simulation is infinity to one.'


...where did you get your sources again?
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lol nah.

I dont buy it, otherwise where is the empty house in my culde-sac?

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#19
Can't you put the weed down for just 1 day?? goddamn
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#21
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We're both machines, man. Except you were programmed to stop people from becoming self-aware.
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#22
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#23
Define 'exist.'

And that article didn't prove anything. It's admittedly speculatory. "we could" and "this could" aren't proving statements - could is a word of possibility.
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#24
Even more disturbing, it may be a much smaller simulation that you think. There could be just a few active simulation inhabitants, with the rest of the world filled with "non-actor" or NPC characters controlled by the computer. Their actions are only simulated as you perceive them, carefully performed so as to present the illusion that they have entire lives separate from yours. This helps explain why the creepy homeless guy at the end of your street doesn't seem to do much other than hang out and ask you to bring him 10 dire wolf pelts.


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...I can't think of any logic that can disprove this.

/scared

I'm scared too. After all, everything is true until you disprove them.
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#26
i doesn't really matter, questioning existence is just mental masturbation.

also if the universe is infinite, and the odds of us living in a simulation are only almost infinite to one, then the odds are also almost infinite to one that we're not living in a simulation.
#27
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#28
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i doesn't really matter, questioning existence is just mental masturbation.

also if the universe is infinite, and the odds of us living in a simulation are only almost infinite to one, then the odds are also almost infinite to one that we're not living in a simulation.


I'm disproving this with absolutely no facts.

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#29

We might just be living in a simulation. Whenever a girl serenades me, I can't help but think about eggs
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#31
It's a distinct possibility, but even if it's true it doesn't really change anything. There are still simulated consequences for all of our actions. Even if this was proved true, would any of us live our lives any differently?
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#33
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article:

http://m.io9.com/5799396/youre-living-in-a-computer-simulation-and-math-proves-it

are we living in a simulation created by a simulation created by a simulation?

do we even exist?

are we puppets in some kind of sick SIMS-esque experiment??

discuss

go smoke some more pot poop.

we are clumps of flesh and water that have no point other than dying.
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#34
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I'm scared too. After all, everything is true until you disprove them.


No, nothing is false until you disprove it.
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#35
Article says: As a result, you have billions of simulations, with a nearly infinite number of cascading sub-simulations, all of them perfectly real to their inhabitants. Yet there is only a single ultimate progenitor society. The math is actually pretty simple: the odds are nearly infinity to one that we are all living in a computer simulation.

Crunk says: You have to ask "why" any species would make such simulations? You can't just assume things like that.
#36
I suppose this means that our moral judgement is programmed?

I don't buy it.

I don't think you could program that many aspects of one's personality, their ability to adapt and learn, etc.
#37
This topic pops up every one in a while and I always post this story.

But yeah, interesting shit.
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#40
We are a bunch of difunctional sims, and God is a twelve year old girl with mental issues.

That's why so many lives sucks.
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