The Simulation Argument

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In 2003, Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom proposed that it is overwhelmingly probable that we are in fact living in a computer simulation. This is a hypothesis that, tapping into the current age of AI mania we seem to be living in, has gained in popularity and garnered robust support from a number of intellectual heavyweights. The interesting thing about the argument is it makes absolutely no appeal to evidence of any kind. Instead, it derives its conclusion based purely on probability. If this immediately strikes you as flimsy grounding for a hypothesis, let alone a ‘scientific’ hypothesis, you aren’t alone. In this article, after outlining exactly what the simulation hypothesis claims, I will proceed to argue that it tells us absolutely nothing about whether we are living in a simulation or not.

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