"It is a lie because you (if not for the continuity problem) would be completely replacing all sensory and intellectual input with false data. It would be the ultimate wasted life because you would accomplish absolutely nothing productive while in the simulation. Cowardice, because it is running away from reality to wallow in a comforting illusion.
And I honestly have no idea how one could possibly reach the conclusion that it would make self-improvement easier. You would be divorced from your body entirely, leaving yourself to physically atrophy, and by granting constant, instant, effortless gratification to the mind, would reduce your capacity to think critically, overcome challenges, think around problems, or get over setbacks.
If you spent too long inside, you would be left with an imobile, frail body, greatly reduced or eliminated capacity to endure negative events emotionally or mentally, and with a mind dulled by disuse."
Well then, I guess we have irreconcilable differences. First off, who say's it's false? It corresponds to something in real reality, and there's no real important difference between an emulated object and an "actual" one.
Second, you could easily being doing all sorts of productive things. In fact, you could do all the same things that you could in real reality, through an android body. It vastly expands the range of activities you can do, the kind of people you can be.
Again, I don't see it as cowardice because I don't see it as an illusion in the first place. If it's participatory, well then there you go. If not, that's their prerogative, I won't judge. As for why it would make self-improvement easier, it's because your mind would become profoundly manipulable. That pretty much says it all, I think.
edited 28th Feb '11 5:20:22 PM by LoveHappiness