Re: Simulation argument in the NY Times

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 00:08:40 MDT

Matt Mahoney wrote:
> Of course. I too believe that my brain is a computer. I also believe that I
> am conscious. These two beliefs result in a contradiction, so I know that at
> least one of them must be wrong.

Both these beliefs are very strongly supported by the evidence,
whereas your belief that they are mutually contradictory is widely
disputed. You should consider that your belief that the two beliefs
result in a contradiction is the source of your confusion.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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