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The '''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 can be found throughout the history of philosophy in such works as Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and Descartes "Evil Demon".  
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The '''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 can be found throughout the history of philosophy in such works as Plato's "[[wikipedia:The Allegory of the Cave|Allegory of the Cave]]" and Descartes "[[wikipedia:Evil demon|evil demon]]".  
  
 
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". This version also suggests that it is far more likely that we are living in a Simulation than we are not.  
 
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". This version also suggests that it is far more likely that we are living in a Simulation than we are not.  
  
==External Links==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave    The Allegory of the Cave ] Wikipedia Entry
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*[[wikipedia:Allegory of the Cave|The Allegory of the Cave]] on Wikipedia
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_demon Evil Demon]Wikipedia Entry
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*[[wikipedia:Evil demon|Evil demon]] on Wikipedia
  
==See Also==
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==See also==
  
*[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Simulation_Argument Simulation Argument]
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*[[Simulation Argument]]

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The 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 can be found throughout the history of philosophy in such works as Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and Descartes "evil demon".

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". This version also suggests that it is far more likely that we are living in a Simulation than we are not.

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