The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 2) – The Simulation Argument, Panpsychism & Quasar

As alluded to, a feature on Wednesday’s literature piece will be additions I have made to my Ankidroid application to expand my command of the English language as well as highlight aspects of Science and Philosophy I wanted to digest.

What entails the Simulation Argument and Hypothesis? Inventor?

(One of the following statements is true) :
1. No one civilisation in the whole universe is able to attain the technological ability to realize a simulation of conscious forms or they become extinct in the meantime,
2. A civilisation has the technological capacity to build simulations of conscious entities, but decide not to implement the simulation for whatever reason (perhaps for idealogical, ethical, moral or legal reasons) or they simply lose interest.
3. We are part of a ancestral simulation of a technologically advanced culture. (Simulation Hypothesis) – Nick Bostrom (reference Nick Bostrom: Simulation and Superintelligence | Lex Fridman Podcast #83)

2. Panpsychism

The view that the mind is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of reality. The unifying centre of the mental life of us humans and other living creatures. According to Aristotle, Thales (the first Greek Philosopher) posited a theory which held ‘that everything is full of gods’. Thales believed that this was demonstrated by magnets. Stoicism developed a cosmology which held that the natural world was infused with the divine fiery essence called Pneuma which was directed by a universal intelligence called Logos. The relationship of the individual logos of beings with the universal logos was a central concern of Roman Stoic Marcus Aurelius.

3. Quasar

Extremely luminous active galactic nucleus. What we are seeing is the super heated excess material that is piling up just outside the event horizon. They are the most brilliant objects in the Universe. The very heart of the black hole is the singularity – region of compressed matter that used to be a star. The Milky way has a super active black hole at its centre but it is out of food. It doesn’t have an active nucleus so it doesn’t appear as a quasar to a distant galaxy.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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