Do we live in a computer simulation?

In 2003 Nick Bostrom from Oxford University published an interesting article in Philosophical Quarterly. He argued

that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to become extinct before reaching a ‘posthuman’ stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of its evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we shall one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.

Since then he has set up a dedicated website for his ‘simulation argument’. Wikipedia has a related entry. Interesting thought, but don’t loose your sleep over it 🙂

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