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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.
 
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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Other proponents such as John Barrow have suggested that
  
 
==References==
 
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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]
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*[http://hplusmagazine.com/2011/01/18/is-god-an-alien-mathematician/ A discussion between Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis on Simulated Universes and their creators
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
  
 
*[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Simulation_Hypothesis Simulation Hypothesis]
 
*[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Simulation_Hypothesis Simulation Hypothesis]

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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 with the simulation are themselves 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.

Other proponents such as John Barrow have suggested that

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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