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passive_fist comments on Simulations Map: what is the most probable type of the simulation in which we live? - Less Wrong

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Comment author: passive_fist 15 October 2015 08:39:59PM 1 point [-]

The quantity of extra computation isn't comparable. Half-life 2 may simulate a few objects falling, but it doesn't simulate e.g. the Sun. Which, in our universe, is a computation trillions of times more complex than everything that's 'interesting', at least from the point of view of simulating intelligent beings.

Comment author: drethelin 16 October 2015 01:49:48AM 1 point [-]

You're ignoring the possibility for shortcuts. Half-life 2 ALSO simulates the sun! It simulates it as a spot of light in the distance in the game. Similarly, the gravity and friction and motion simulation is hugely simplified compared to reality. If the sun works the way it would work in what we understand of physics, it would be extremely complex. But the same doesn't hold if it's a simulation.