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The '''Simulation Argument''' is an argument for the [[Simulation Hypothesis]], the concept was popularized in 2003 by Nick Bostrom's paper "Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?" where he argues that one of following propositions 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."
Importantly his argument differs from others related to the Simulation Hypothesis in two important respects. Firstly, Bostrom argues that it is far more likely that we are living in a simulation than we are not. And secondly, unlike the scenario depicted in the movie "The Matrix", human beings themselves are simulated, rather than "real" creatures merely "plugged" into a simulation.
* Bostrom, Nick (2001,2003) [http://www.simulation-argument.com/simulation.pdf Are You Living in a Computer Simulation] Philosophical Quarterly (2003) Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243‐255.
* Bostrom, Nick (2011) [http://www.simulation-argument.com/patch.pdf A Patch for the Simulation Argument] Analysis, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2011): 54-61
==External links==
*[http://www.simulation-argument.com/ Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument Resource page]
==See also==
*[[Simulation Hypothesis]]

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