X-Message-Number: 16802
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 11:54:12 +1000
From: Damien Broderick <>
Subject: Re: Is Life a game?  How can you know?

Message #16639
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 20:55:18 -0500
From: david pizer <>
Subject: Is Life a game?  How can you know?

>(I'm sure some of you have thought of this), suppose a race of beings have
>lived for billions or trillions of years.  They have figured out how to
>have personal immortality.  They have figured out how to escape the
>destructive repercussions of Big Crunches and Big Bangs, if they happen,
>every so many billion years.  They have provided for every want or need
>they could ever think of.  Now, what else is there for them to do?  [...]
>I would speculate that in order to win, one would have to come to know
>things that count for points before the other contestants did.  And the
>piece of knowledge that would count for the most points would be to fully
>realize that you are in a fantasy world. 

At the risk of sounding like an opportunistic spamster, I diffidently
mention that my on-line novella `The Game of Stars and Souls' addresses and
dramatizes just this perennial topic. It can be found at


Damien Broderick

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