Physicists to Test Simulation Hypothesis (AKA Theism)

December 18, 2012

I really hope God doesn’t turn out to be a computer programmer…That would just be depressing. (No offense to any programmers out there – you are part of a very respectable profession, and I know that without you I wouldn’t be writing this blog post right now…But still, that doesn’t make you God ;)).

TheMoralMindfield

Huffington Post UK has a new very brief article stating that physicists at the University of Washington are going to test the simulation hypothesis – the theory that we are all living inside a giant computer simulation.

The simulation hypothesis has become something of a popular idea as of late, boosted by people such as transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom and atheist author Sam Harris.

I am interested in whether the experiment will conclude anything. I have my doubts, just because metaphysical questions like that don’t tend to be  testable in any conclusive way (that being sort of the definition of metaphysics). And no matter what data they do get, there may be better theories to explain it.We can always come up with more ideas why something is the case – data underdetermines theory

From the perspective of theism, the simulation hypothesis could be either problematic or validating. It does…

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