Thanks for reading and commenting Jack. Sorry I have been really bad on comment responses and reader engagement of late but know I do really appreciate you taking the time.
Certainly some entertain the idea as sort of an inside joke, others like myself just find the idea fascinating to think and write about, but many I do think actually100% believe in it. They are convinced it is a correct view of the “universe” and ourselves within it. Like most strongly religious persons these hardcore adherents will not be dissuaded no matter the evidence for or against. In contrast to the vast majority of world religions however, the simulationists have not shown much/any desire to translate their beliefs into actions or a theology or moral code etc. That is what inspired me to write this piece. I constantly wonder why not? Even the transhumanists have (to some extent) a fairly developed system of beliefs and values if not actual practices. The only beliefs the simulationists seem to have is belief in the simulation hypothesis. Where is the desire to develop that idea further and live like the implications of that might be? It is bizarre and so interesting at the same time. I guess I figure if they are not going to do it maybe somebody needs to take a shot at doing it for them. lol!