Incidentally, my main problem with the simulation story is not (only) that it is intellectually lazy or that it is masquerading as some deep foundational issue. As far as metaphysical speculation goes it is remarkably unromantic, I mean, your best attempt as a creation myth involves someone sitting in front of a computer running code? What else do those omnipotent gods do, eat pizza? Do their taxes?Right. The "universe as a computer simulation" should be viewed as a competitor of Genesis and in this competition struggle, the "simulation" loses to Genesis because it's a superficial kitschy fad, an uninspiring work of socialist realism.
You should at least credit it with being a creation myth for our century. Nowadays, it’s hard to be so impressed with stories about gods battling each other with axes or bequeathing humans the gift of fire: why don’t they just use nuclear weapons, and hand out Bic lighters?You can see a difference in their tastes. Moshe Rozali is a male feminist – beware male feminists – but he still has some respect towards the traditions and immunity against the cheesiest fads of the day. After all, the Bible has been around for over 2,000 years and there's no good reason to think that "the universe as a simulation" will come close. On the other hand, Aaronson enthusiastically embraces the P.R. of the day. The Creator should be one of us, a community organizer with dirty hands from pizza and stinky nose from cigarettes that he lights by Bic lighters, someone who babbles about nuclear weapons even though he hasn't ever held an ordinary axe in his hand.
Oh, I could imagine many powers I’d want to bestow on my creator (or vice versa), but imagining your deity as someone no better than yourself, with no special powers or insight, does seem like a good creation myth for this century.And the picture of God as the "average bloke" will get even more typical for the 22nd century if the mankind keeps on evolving towards the idiocracy which is what it seems like now.
that the observables you calculate have a finite continuum limit, so at every value of the cutoff you approximate them to a finite precision.In other words, just like one can shoot a scene on a camera with a certain resolution, these naive people are imagining that physics in the spacetime may be obtained simply by discretizing the spacetime using a lattice of lattice spacing \(a\) and taking \(a\to 0\). All deviations from the "perfect smooth world" go to zero in the limit \(a\to 0\), they think.
So my point in all that is highlight that what you mean by simulation is different from just discretizing your model and taking the results as approximations to the true physical quantities. It is only this narrow definition of “simulation” which I think is incompatible with known low energy properties of the world. The full process, including post-processing, does give you finite approximation to physical results.I agree with the statements as Moshe wrote them but I disagree about the relevance of the last one. To be more specific, I agree with him that the "simulation without the post-processing" cannot work at all, the "simulation with the post-processing" can be done (assuming that the chiral fermion, anomalies, and other technicalities won't stop you). But I disagree with the implicit suggestion that "because the simulation with the post-processing" is possible, the hypothesis that our Universe is a "simulation with post-processing" is viable.
...What these male feminists fail to realize is that, as men, they will always be oppressors...The rest is pretty much repeating the same hateful remarks. To those who say that feminism is something that should be allowed in polite society, I must say: Please, ladies and gentlemen, give me a break.
Feminism does not need men. This simple statement alone will, no doubt, spark cries of misandry and male genocide. After all, in a world that caters exclusively to men, it is revolutionary to claim a space or a movement where men are not considered integral.
On the contrary, feminism is a radical and revolutionary movement that will upheave the status quo and remove men as the monopolizers of power. In general, people don’t like to lose power, especially when they’ve had it for so long. Feminism is not supposed to be palatable to men; it is supposed to be threatening.