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Imagine you were to discover, with certainty, that the world you are currenty living in is fake. Everything in it, including all the people, were artificially created. Whether what you're experiencing is a VR simulation or the dream of a sleeping god, this isn't the real world. Further, as part of this discovery, you've figured out how to end it. You'll return to the real world and everything about the fake world will cease to exist.
What do you do? Stay in the fake world? Or destroy the fake world to return to the real world? Does your answer change if the world is particularly good or bad to live in?
No. You're free to do whatever you want with your knowledge that the world is fake and you can end it, but it isn't The Matrix (tm) and you don't gain superpowers just by realizing the world isn't real.>>2804
Yes, I said that in the OP.
So my choices are continue to live in this current world, knowing that it's fake, but powerless to do anything meaningful with this information, or end this world, with no knowledge of what this "real world" is like outside of it.
How do I know the "real world" isn't 100x worse than this one? How do I know any of the people I care about exists in the real world? How do I know the person I am in here isn't radically different from the person I am in the "real" world?
I see no benefit to ending this reality, and this is coming from someone who has a relatively shitty life here.
Seems you were sure before:>Imagine you were to discover, with certainty, that the world you are currenty living in is fake
Perhaps, this IS that fake world. Maybe ending the fake world brings you back to no reality at all.
No, it does, that's part of the question. It's just a fun hypothetical thing.>>2808>Question though, is everyone else in the dream also tied to a real person, or are they just made up? What about the animals in the fake world?
They're all made up with no connection to the real world. Where that places them morally is up to you.
That changes things. You didn't specify that I am the only "real" thing in this current reality.
With that in mind, there's no reason not to destroy it.
I think it opens more questions. Do I go to the real world after I die? Is the fake world sustainable? Is anyone harmed by my staying in the fake world? Will the return to the real world be too much for my little brain to handle?
And then, well, how do I know this 'real' world isn't just another layer of fake?
I suppose you're fishing for an intolerance of the virtual, someone saying I need the real world just because it's real. I have curiosity, but I'm not going to harm myself or other for it.
>>2813>You didn't specify that I am the only "real" thing in this current reality.
Well "real" is in quotation marks for a reason. The people in the fake world don't have any corresponding body in the real world, so they'd stop existing if you ended it, but as far as you can tell they still have thoughts and emotions, even if they're simulated somehow rather than coming from a "real" brain.>>2814>Do I go to the real world after I die? Is the fake world sustainable? Is anyone harmed by my staying in the fake world? Will the return to the real world be too much for my little brain to handle?
Yes, yes, no, and no.>And then, well, how do I know this 'real' world isn't just another layer of fake?
You don't actually know anything about the "real" world in this example, other than the fact that you'd be there if you weren't inside the simulated world. It could be horrific, or a paradise, or just another fake world that's also simulated, but you don't know that because you can't observe it from within the simulation. You also aren't sure what the purpose of the simulation was, if there was any purpose at all, so you don't know what might change in the real world if you ended it.
But they aren't real. Nothing was ever real. Except for, debatably, me.
So you shouldn't feel any remorse for ending this world, just like you don't feel remorse shutting down your Playstation.
It doesnt say that in the OP.
Its not fun for you to shoot down responses.
End the simulation, probably.
Presuming this is something that's pretty obvious, anyway. More than just "put bullet to head".
Way I see it, better to break the cycle. I've no problem not worrying about whether or not it's possible the world we live in is fake, but if I do know, then I think I'd want to make effort to escape that reality.
Is your response the suggestion that we're currently living in a simulation? 'cause that seems like a whole separate thread, and also a question we've been asking since ancient Rome was a world power. From here, there's no way to tell that the shadows on the wall aren't the extent of reality. That's why I specified as part of the question that somehow you did