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Yesterday... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Yesterday...
...some coworkers and I were talking about Simulated Reality - the idea that we're all living in a giant simulation and don't know it.

Kaitlyn was talking about how, if you could do a sufficiently good job of saving the state of the reality, the people inside it could be saved and restored without being aware of it. She pointed out that there are several things that point to the fact that this already happened - for example, the huge difference between the vengeful God of the Old Testament and the loving God of the New Testament.

"Ah!", I said, "God sold his account on eBay!"

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ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 5th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The original God was a gold farmer?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 5th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I'm thinking about it - what ever happened with the MMORPG you were playing? Can you talk about it yet?
ptomblin_lj From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 5th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got too busy at work to play it. By the time I had time, I needed my Windows box to test out various things for my colo. As far as I know, it's still in Beta, but there was a character wipe soon after I stopped playing, so I'd be starting off at level 0 if I started again and all my friends are probably up in the stratosphere.
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: January 5th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
My whole theory is that our universe is the contents of a petri dish under some microscope. That just appeals to me....I don't know why. We're all bacteria and viruses and cells with electrons and we're being studied. Totally floats my boat.
the_carrot From: the_carrot Date: January 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
the huge difference between the vengeful God of the Old Testament and the loving God of the New Testament.intepretation of God's relationship to man rather than evidence that we're living in a simulated reality. What's her argument?
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 5th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
probably, that the simulation got a new sysop...

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 5th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Effectively, yes. That the system was backed up, and restored to a different sysop, or at a later time to a sysop who'd changed their feelings about the "game".
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 6th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
the vengeful, sadistic sysop handed off running the simulation to a kindly ex-hippie sysop ;-)

the_carrot From: the_carrot Date: January 6th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Effectively, yes. That the system was backed up, and restored to a different sysop, or at a later time to a sysop who'd changed their feelings about the "game".

I'll buy into the second explanation before I buy into the first one.

Personally, I view the Old Testament as a history of God winnowing out people, selectivly breeding for, well, for something. Once a critical mass was reached the New Testament kicks in...written by the descendants of the selected, who viewed God in a different way, but only because by that time he wasn't constantly smiting them with plagues, floods, insects, etc, etc.

The apparent change in God's attitude toward mankind that takes place between the Old Testament and the New Testament is one of those things that people like to bring up as one of organized religion's discrepancies...as if theologians haven't been discussing it for the past several hundred years.

Now, as for us existing in a simulated reality: how would we go about proving that? To us, it would appear to be a closed system, right? Similar to the way that a properly written application running under a virtualized OS would be very challenged to 'see' outside of the virtualized environment. Since our world seems to work very well, I'd say we're pretty well-written apps, in which case we have almost no chance of proving or disproving the conjecture that we're living in a simulated reality...which, after all, would sort of be the point of the big Software Engineer in the Sky, right?
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