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Monday, April 22, 2013


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Metacam Oh

Here is an article I wrote in response to Rosedale's talk at the Singularity Institute (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C04wwLjJ0os&feature=player_embedded) Approx 5 min in he talks about this.



Okay, what if:

--Eleanor Roosevelt could fly?
--Baby Superman's capsule had landed in inter-war Germany?
--Napoleon had a B-52 bomber at Waterloo?
--Schrodinger put a cat in a box and opened it to find a dog?
--Keanu Reeves could act with nuance and depth?

SNL covered the first three what-ifs long ago.

Moral: Somewhere in the multiverse we are all kings and queens. Somewhere we all drive avatars and no one carries smart phones. Somewhere we wear our underclothes as the outside layer.

Wait, that last is SL. Never mind.


I'm going to start using this as an excuse not to do something:

"Why bother, we're only simulations..."

Arcadia Codesmith

The universe is a really big snowglobe.

Reality solved. Carry on.


Don't overlook the very foundation of quantum mechanics: that many physical properties are not infinitely divisible, as was once thought, but when you get down to the atomic scale, can only vary by discrete steps, jumping from one value to the next. This is just weird... unless you think reality is simulated and these values are kept in a floating point number with a less than infinite number of bits. Then it's perfectly natural and expected behavior. A lot of quantum weirdness seems not at all weird when it's looked at as the way a simulation operates at the limits of its numeric precision.

Metacam Oh

Galatea is this what you are referring to? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Zeno_effect

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