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Philosopher: 20 percent chance we’re living in a computer simulation

16 Aug

From the New York Times:

Dr. Bostrom assumes that technological advances could produce a computer with more processing power than all the brains in the world, and that advanced humans, or “posthumans,” could run “ancestor simulations” of their evolutionary history by creating virtual worlds inhabited by virtual people with fully developed virtual nervous systems.

…There would be no way for any of these ancestors to know for sure whether they were virtual or real, because the sights and feelings they’d experience would be indistinguishable. But since there would be so many more virtual ancestors, any individual could figure that the odds made it nearly certain that he or she was living in a virtual world.

…“My gut feeling, and it’s nothing more than that,” he says, “is that there’s a 20 percent chance we’re living in a computer simulation.”

Via Buzz Out Loud

Slightly nerdy Harry Potter fan, meet incredibly nerdy Harry Potter fandom

13 Jul

Tirzah says:
What does this mean? http://www.zazzle.com/product/235105016557568174

Wade says:
http://as-always.org/tmw/OBHWF.php

Tirzah says:
Wow. That’s a lot of writing about the relationships of fictional characters

Wade says:
Or “ships” as they are apparently called.

Wade says:
“Two of the biggest rivals dealing with Ships are the Ron/Hermione shippers and the Harry/Hermione Shippers. Each group believes beyond a doubt that they are right and most refuse to listen to anyone who believes differently. Things between these two groups often get extremely ugly.”

Tirzah says:
WHAT? Harry and Hermione together is just stupid.

Tirzah says:
And anyone who thinks otherwise is also stupid

Abandoned Project: My Life On Earth Prime

26 Jun

Abandoned novels? I got a million of ’em!

Earth Prime

The Project

My Life On Earth Prime* was to be a hilarious yet touching coming of age story. The main character and his friends were high school nerds who passed the time reading comic books, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and arguing about whether Robert Heinlein could beat Robert Silverberg in a fight. Or something.

As the story progressed, they, ah…

Uh…

Why it was abandoned

That’s all there was to it. I had no story, or characters with any real depth – just a bunch of geeky pop culture references and generic high school situations. Mind you, one could write an enjoyable piece of fiction that meets that description, but I couldn’t shake the conviction that this novel had to be Profound and Meaningful. It turned out that I had nothing profound or meaningful to say on the subject, so I hung it up.

* See Earth Prime (Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning)

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