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    Who are you?

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    Wow...that's a load of crap
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    Don't stay up late worrying about this...

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    I think it's very interesting, and I appreciate that he thought some things through so well, but I think he neglected a few things. Most notably, I think his probabilities are way off.
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    > Don't stay up late worrying about this...
    Too late....
    > I KNEW IT!
    Yeah, me too .

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    Can't these guys give up?

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    it shows that we should accept as true at least one of the following three propositions:
    (1) The chances that a species at our current level of development can avoid going extinct before becoming technologically mature is negligibly small

    (2) Almost no technologically mature civilisations are interested in running computer simulations of minds like ours

    (3) You are almost certainly in a simulation.
    well, I mean, obviously those three possibilities are the only ones that would make sense, right?

    its things like this that started prohibition you *belch* know

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    I like it, I think its a strong argument
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    if he could spell properly I might give him and ounce of credit...
    civilisation??
    it's called spell check you loser.
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    Originally posted by Waldo2k2
    if he could spell properly I might give him and[sic] ounce of credit...
    civilisation??
    it's called spell check you loser.
    No, actually you're the loser. That's the British spelling of the word. The author works at Oxford University. If you thought before you spoke, I might give you an ounce of credit.
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    Sounds like some star trek scenario. Of course we are striving to model even simple organisims and as we advance so to will the simulations. Hopefully as we advance it will be both socialy as well as technically so the wars will be less of an occurance and scenario one will decrease in probability. As to two why would we want to simulate ant behaivoir, a sufficiently advanced technology would certainly be interested in simulating the human mind if we do not. Finally it makes me think about dreams which are like a form of simulation. What scares me is getting trapped in a simulation and having to die to get out.

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    That's one of the most awful arguments I've ever heard. Ever. It's not thought-provoking in the least, unless that thought is "JESUS CHRIST IS THIS STUPID!"

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    >>If you thought before you spoke, I might give you an ounce of credit.

    where the hell is oxford???

    ease up man i wasn't being serious
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    >>where the hell is oxford???<<

    In Britain.

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