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amongstclouds wrote

Sure. If it's a simulation then nothing of any value was truly lost.

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Anarcropolis wrote

But uhh... wouldn't we die? If my life is a simulation I'd still value it. The matrix wasn't any less "real" than the outside world was for Neo to use that metaphor.

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ziq wrote (edited )

Sure. If you can call a computer program being switched off a 'death'.

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Anarcropolis wrote

What are you besides electrical signals in your brain? When you die these signals get switched off. If there is some other "soul" that makes us real and alive do we have one? If you have a soul and live in a computer program aren't you capable of dying?

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amongstclouds wrote

The problem is viewing living beings as just electrical signals to begin with imo.

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Anarcropolis wrote

My reply was asking if there is another part (a soul) that makes us "alive" that a simulation would lack. If not then there is not much difference between me dying in real life and a simulacrum me dying in a simulation?

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amongstclouds wrote

Whether it's 'real' or real doesn't matter too much in the grand scheme of things. At least not from our subjective point of view.

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Anarcropolis wrote

Right, simulated life is just as real and important as non simulated life, IMO

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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

Well imo, treating a series of code that can be flipped on and off at will with a complex system that has taken billions of years to form as the same thing seems rather flippant.

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Anarcropolis wrote

If they function the same tho...

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amongstclouds wrote

Is there a switch to turn reality on and off at will?