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The '''Simulation Argument''' or '''Simulation Hypothesis''' proposes that conscious beings could be immersed within an artificial Universe embedded within a higher order of reality. The roots of this argument stem from philosophical observations such as Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and Descartes "Evil Demon Hypothesis". The important distinction between these and modern Simulation Arguments has been the addition of proposed methods of  engineering Simulated Reality through the use of computers and the assumption that the conscious beings themselves are simulated, rather than merely "brains in a vat".
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The '''Simulation Argument''' is one of a number of ideas relating to the '''Simulation Hypothesis'''. The important distinction between this argument and earlier Simulation models has been the addition of a proposed method of  engineering Simulated Reality through the use of computers and the assumption that the conscious beings themselves are simulated, rather than merely "brains in a vat"
  
The concept was popularized by Nick Bostrom's paper '''Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?''' in which he argues that at least one of the 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.
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Nick Bostrom's paper '''Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?''' 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.
  
  
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*[http://www.simulation-argument.com/ Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument Resource page]
 
*[http://www.simulation-argument.com/ Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument Resource page]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_demon Wikipedia page describing Descarte's Evil Demon Hypothesis]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave Wikipedia page describing Plato's Allegory of the Cave]
 

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The Simulation Argument is one of a number of ideas relating to the Simulation Hypothesis. The important distinction between this argument and earlier Simulation models has been the addition of a proposed method of engineering Simulated Reality through the use of computers and the assumption that the conscious beings themselves are simulated, rather than merely "brains in a vat"

Nick Bostrom's paper Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? 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.


References

Bostrom, Nick (2001,2003) *Are You Living in a Computer Simulation Philosophical Quarterly (2003) Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243‐255.

Bostrom, Nick (2011) *A Patch for the Simulation Argument Analysis, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2011): 54-61

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