In recent years there have always been at least three Lego advent calendars every year: (five each year in the last two years)
I think they've always involved presents, Santa, elves and Christmas...
I am fond of Alan Watts' dream thought experiment - which I believe can be implemented with a futuristic simulation:
So in that thought experiment boredom with god-like powers never results in sadism.
But here is another talk...
I'd say that simulations that involve some kind of computational machinery involve a physical existence even if it is a virtual physical existence like in Minecraft. And here is a simulation...
In the Bible there is a creator that speaks things into existence using voice commands. In the future simulations could be initialized like this.... by using speech recognition to turn speech into text then AI could turn text into 3D, etc.
Current text-to-3D technology...
I've got long term plans for a video game where you carry out genocide as part of God's people. I want to have some humour and I've got some ideas for a cinematic involving one of Jesus' ancestors, Rahab the prostitute. The graphics would look very close to Minecraft except you'd be able to chop...
In the Torah (start of the OT) God's name was written as YHWH because I think they didn't write down any of the vowels in Hebrew so that copies could be created more cheaply...
On the right is the original - on the right side is "Finn" - a black character
The original is on the right side:
Then there are stories of Chinese...
This would be yet another reason why creationists would have their faith strengthened by assuming these are good reasons to believe.
One thing I find interesting about the Bible is that it includes so many problematic ideas yet many intelligent people are able to justify their belief in it - and keep their faith even when there is severe cognitive dissonance (perhaps because there is the threat of hell and the promise of...
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I'm not sure what the best terms are but it is related to neural networks that are loosely based on those in brains - so it is "mental".
In a physical universe the building blocks are sub-atomic particles. Some critics say that a simulation must be on the sub-atomic level.
In modern video...
OpenAI says "Our mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity"
That is opposed to a somewhat widespread fear that AI could eventually be very bad for humanity.
In their DALL-E 2 text to image AI, "We’ve limited the ability for DALL·E 2 to generate violent...
Elon Musk talking about aliens:
Elon Musk has also said he thinks we're probably in a simulation/video game:
Then there is this:
As a believer in the video game explanation my explanation for the apparent absence of aliens is to keep the costs...
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the...
Albert Einstein said:
Stephen Hawking replied:
I believe I'm probably in a simulation and that there is a non-obvious intelligent force....
My sisters want to find husbands and I was saying to my father that apparently there is a passage that said that it can be good to not to be married:
1 Corinthians 7:8-9
My father, who I think is an elder in a Lutheran church, said that Paul might have been a homosexual. That made me think of...