New Rule: You don't get to dismiss creationism while taking this nonsense seriously.
I mean, do they think that having each fundamental particle in the universe represented by some number in a computer's physical memory makes that universe real? You might as well argue that imagining Game of Thrones makes it real in some other universe.
It doesn’t make it real, and the author doesn’t suggest that - it suggests that a simulated person plotted along enough data points might “consider” himself to be real. It is both philosophical and scientific in nature.. a play on Descartes’ original “Cogito, ergo sum.”
If a computer can simulate every synapse of the human mind, to include learning - then would that simulation not consider itself “alive”?
There are actual calculations that can go a long way towards proving the hypothesis which places this idea, at least for me, much more in the realm of reality than Biblical creationism.
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