Correcting Errors in the Bostrom/Kulczycki Simulation Arguments

Abstract

Both patched versions of the Bostrom/Kulczycki simulation argument contain serious objective errors, discovered while attempting to formalize them in predicate logic. The English glosses of both versions involve badly misleading meanings of vague magnitude terms, which their impressiveness benefits from. We fix the errors, prove optimal versions of the arguments, and argue that both are much less impressive than they originally appeared. Finally, we provide a guide for readers to evaluate the simulation argument for themselves, using well-justified settings of the argument parameters that have simple, accurate statements in English, which are easier to understand and critique than the statements in the original paper.

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R. Dustin Wehr
University of Toronto

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