September 07, 2003

Note: Theology for Nerdy Eggheads

It is said that theology changes its mode from age to age--from that of the Sky-Father to that of the One Who Is to that of the Anointed One. Is it now changing to that of the Programmer?

Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

Posted by DeLong at September 7, 2003 09:49 PM | TrackBack

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The Copenhagen Interpretation was bullshit and consciousness is the anthropic principle writ large in a quantum supercomputer on which God runs simultaneous, superposed, simulations of all possible universes, for reasons of Her own.

Get over it.

Posted by: contract3d on September 7, 2003 10:24 PM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:33 AM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:38 AM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:43 AM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:48 AM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:53 AM

Aha! That's why none of my prayers are getting answered these days. The Blessed Holy One is now running His operations like a software company, and I'm on hold with their tech-support office.

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 08:58 AM

I only clicked "post" once, honest-to-The-Programmer I did....

Posted by: Seth Gordon on September 8, 2003 12:57 PM

I would certainly go for: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a 'posthuman' stage. The more complex, the more likely to brake down, cockroach survives human, here is why:

As a basic species we take one that just sits on the ground. Either there is enough food so it lives, or it isn't so it dies. In any case, it spreads its seeds to nearby locations.

If there is a food crisis, most idividuals would die, but in the richest spots, some individuals will probably survive, as not much food is needed for them. So species survives with high probability.

A complex species is made up of many units that are similar to basic specis (insect - cells). A complex species hence need more food. On the other hand, it can actively search and move into rich areas.

If there is a non-severe food crisis, the complex species move into a richer area and survive. If there is a severe food crisis no area will be rich (food dense) enough to provide food to one single individual - species go extinct.

Take as a complex species an industrial civilisation, which probably need 100M individuals with supply of oil, hydropower, metals etc. You could easily starve them out.

A less complex species could be a hunter-gatherer civilisaton, probably 100k individuals with supply of things to hunt and gather. If instances of a such were distributed enough over the globe, it would be hard to deprive all of them their supplies.

An even less complex species would be the cockroach. We have no idea how to starve them out.

Posted by: Mats on September 8, 2003 01:30 PM
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