January 17, 2009
ARE WE LIVING IN A giant cosmic hologram?
UPDATE: Does this mean the universe is a big computer simulation? Statistically, of course, that’s the way to bet anyway, but there’s a downside: “If we were ever to prove that we exist inside a simulation, it would be proof that the transhumanist assumption is correct — that the transition from a human to a posthuman condition is in fact possible. But that will be of little solace to us measly sims! The simulation — er, our world — could be shut down at any time. Or, the variables that make up our modal reality could be altered in undesirable ways (e.g. our world could be turned into a Hell realm).” I definitely regard that as a bug, not a feature.