Posted by: elambend | August 15, 2007

What To Do If You’re Living In A Simulation

Robin Hanson’s advice:

“If you might be living in a simulation then all else equal you should care less about others, live more for today, make your world look more likely to become rich, expect to and try more to particpate in pivotal events, be more entertaining and praiseworthy, and keep the famous people around you happier and more interested in you.”

This is from a John Tierny blog post, trying to unpack some issues brought up by his column “Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

Myself, I find the economist Hansons advice above disturbing. I find myself agreeing with it, yet part of it makes me uneasy. I wonder, does it agree with the Golden Rule? Can this advice be followed without hurting others?

I’m not sure.

Update:  I’ve always had a little theory.  What if hell exists and it manifests as having to live your live over again, exactly as the first time, only as a passive observer.  I’m not sure what would be worse, the low times, the bad decisions, or having to sit through all the time wasted sitting on your butt, thinking about doing something.  There is certainly something to be said about keeping life interesting.

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Responses

  1. Me neither. It’s quite a shallow perspective that assumes a hedonistic lifestyle might be the most fulfilling, which many people would disagree with even within the context of a simulation.


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