Sunday, February 14, 2010

[Yasmin_discussions] how much simulation is in our selves

Hi Pier Luigi,

just to send another reference from literature, I think the a science
fiction novel The Invention of Morel (Adolfo Bioy Casares, 1940, about a
fugitive, who thinking that was alone on a deserted island suddenly
found out that the island was inhabited with anachronistically dressed
people that "dance, stroll up and down, and swim in the pool, as if this
were a summer resort like Los Teques or Marienbad". Those people were
creations of Morel, an inventor that had recorded the behaviour of a
group of friends, which was played fed by the wave's energy, over and
over again.

I implies a mixture of simulation by technology and nature.

Yesterday, watching again I Robot, I extracted a sentence that is deeply
implied in simulation. I do not remember exactly the words but the
meaning is: "Are we able to tell when a simulated behaviour starts to be
part of your soul?"
In this case the question for me are, how much of simulation is there in
our identity and in all dimensions of our self? ¿ Could be simulation
understood as an essential part of our self? Isn't it in the Golem?
Aren't we created according to God's image in the Bible? In this sense
couldn't be considered simulation as the core of our human "nature"?

Cristina Miranda de Almeida
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