Philosophy of Computing and Information > Computer Simulation and Virtual Reality > Simulation Argument
Edited by Jonathan Simon (New York University)
|Summary||The simulation argument refers to an argument of Nick Bostrom's. The conclusion of the argument is that one of the following three theses is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. For other arguments that we live in a simulation, see the sibling category `Simulation Hypothesis'.|
|Key works||The simulation argument was introduced in Bostrom 2003.|
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