Simulated Worlds Analogy

c. 1991 / (085)

Thompson describes how advocates for artificial life view consciousness as the result of combinations of minute particles. He proposes that if we consider computer symbols as the “little parts” utilized to produce “simulated life” within nature, we can then regard nature as a vast parallel processor. Certain characteristics of this model, Thompson notes, bear a surprising resemblance to the Puranic concept of maya.