It is not a case of “none of this is real so I can do whatever I want!”
The revelation that we are computational shouldn’t make any difference as to how we should behave and treat others. It certainly does not mean that we should abandon morality. Although it is all simulated it is still a dimension of reality.
It is very much real and I don’t think that it can be dismissed as an illusion:
The experiences that we have of this world are very real therefore the things that these experiences are based on are very real: Because they can produce real experiences. They are real because they produce real experiences whilst existing independently of anyone’s consciousness.
And of course, we humans are real as we each exist independently of anyone’s consciousness.
The Computer God won’t give us tablets of stone. And that is not his business. That is not what he is there for. He is not a moral authority.
It is up to us to study ethics and produce a science of morality based on the reality of humankind’s capacity to suffer and feel real pleasure and pain. The answers as to how to be a good human are not on this website. They can be found in the holy books of the human religions and in secular human philosophy. It is something we must each work out for ourselves.
Click here to go to an article about religion and The Simulation.
I believe in a Supreme Being and in The Computer God but not in the God of the bible. Click here to see why I reject two out of three God concepts.
I believe that all the miraculous events recorded in holy scripture either never occurred or were orchestrated by The Computer God to give us inspiration and nudge us in the right direction.
And I believe that in “base reality” (the world outside The Simulation) there is a Cult Of The Supreme Being that is deistic and humanist in nature. And organised religion is very much a minority pursuit.
If you want to lead an ethically concerned life the best thing you can do is study moral philosophy and/or the world’s many religious texts. They can all be useful for becoming a good and enlightened person.
The Computer God is not going to give us tablets of stone and even if he did they would have no moral authority.
And The Supreme Being won’t either. The Supreme Being has given us our reason instead though: The Supreme Being created all consciousness – both organic and computational
And there can be no reason or thought without consciousness
Also, you need to be aware that your conduct in this life influences what happens to you after you die.
To me there are three available God concepts:
- The Abrahamic God – as featured in the bible
- The Supreme Being – the ineffable unmoved mover
- The Computer God – the demiurge of The Simulation
I don’t believe that the Abrahamic God – the God of the bible – exists.
I believe that The Supreme Being created all that exists – not the Abrahamic God
And that The Computer God has intervened in our affairs and guided us – bot the Abrahamic God
The Abrahamic God therefore did not create all that exists and neither has he intervened in our affairs or guided us, as those two things were done by the other two There is therefore no room for him. He can be squeezed out by the other two
I believe that The Supreme Being and The Computer God both exist. But The Computer God is not a supreme being. His power is limited to the confines of The Simulation and he is controlled by the superintendent Over-Seers. He is not a source of moral authority but he does exist, unlike the God of Abraham
I believe that The Computer God has pretended to be the God of Abraham in the past, so as to help inspire The Simulation’s inhabitants to form various religions. As such religions help societal cohesion, and other such things.
As a God concept, that leaves us with The Supreme Being. The only God concept I buy into is therefore the concept of The Supreme Being. When I think “God” the only being I think of is The Supreme Being. He alone is God.
Although I believe that The Computer God exists.
I think that The Computer God and The Supreme Being are both horrified by the actions attributed to the God of Abraham and would never be as tyrannical to us as the God of Abraham (supposedly) has been to people in the past.
I do however believe in the historical Jesus, but believe he was an Agent of The Simulation and that all his apparent miracles can be explained by The Computer God messing with reality. Either that, or they never happened.