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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:
 
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
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# 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)
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# 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.
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# 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.
 
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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==See also==
  
==References==
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*[[Simulation hypothesis]]
 
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*[[Nonperson predicate]]
* 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==
 
==External links==
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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]
  
==See also==
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==References==
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* 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.
  
*[[Simulation hypothesis]]
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* Bostrom, Nick (2011) [http://www.simulation-argument.com/patch.pdf A Patch for the Simulation Argument] Analysis, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2011): 54-61
*[[Nonperson predicate]]
 

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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.


See also

External links

References