Re: The moral dimension of simulation

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 23:13:45 -0700

David Nyman wrote:
> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
>>Perhaps it says something about the nature of the simulation's creators,
>>but I don't see that it says anything about the probability that we are
>>living in one.
> Do you mean that if we are living in one, then the moral standards of
> its creators are reprehensible (to our way of thinking) or at least
> opaque?

But the hypothesis that the creators are like us is part of the
justification for supposing they would run simulations of intelligent
beings. If you then argue that their motivations and ethics might be alien
to us, you've discarded any reason for supposing they would simulate us.

Brent Meeker

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