The New Digital World

I include in this post parts of  a chapter from a book I wrote in 2002 but I never published because I thought it was early for it. A have made some editions to the original material.

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Is Our World a Simulation or Even an Interactive Computer Game?

If we are living in a computer simulation, as Nick Bostrom has argued is a possibility, maybe this is not just an ancestor simulation but an interactive computer game. In this game, some of its creators, or participants, assume various roles, such as country leaders or scientists who make remarkable discoveries, and some even cause conflict and wars. Maybe the main objective is entertainment or it may be something else we do not understand and in this context some fundamental questions arise.

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Computer Scientists Confusing Algorithms with Reality

Computer scientists often make unfounded bold statements in an effort to elevate their profession to the status of physics and maybe share some of the glory of that field. This is understandable but it becomes ludicrous when they equate their ability to model complex problems and arrive at a solution to that of physical reality in arriving at the same solution. It is troublesome that the educational establishment not only tolerates this type of  behavior but also promotes it and rewards it.

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Karakostas’ Hidden Premises

I am not talking about straw man arguments in this case because the subject of the paper by Karakostas is not his invention. Specifically, the concept of reality in philosophy is as old as Parmenides. However, deductions based on hidden premises can be problematic, especially when they deal with the nature of reality.

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Ingo Brigandt’s Straw Man Arguments Against Intelligent Design

While I am agnostic about of the bold intelligent design hypothesis, I believe that using straw man arguments and being fanatical is not just a non-scientific way of opposing it but instead reinforces it in the minds of laymen because such efforts often demonstrate insecurity about the fate of evolution theory.

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Balls at Zeno Points and Other Absurdities

A substantial part of philosophy of science has devoted itself to the production of straw man arguments in the absence of any real breakthrough and substantial contribution. Especially troublesome are attempts to question the validity of empirically confirmed physical laws, such as the law of conservation of energy in mechanics, by applying them arbitrarily and without any reality check to absurd thought experiments involving the concept of infinity and point masses.

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