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    in the next universe up

    What does "up" mean here? Does it mean "up to something/doing something funny"?

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    And if someone somewhere created our simulation, would that make this entity God? “We in this universe can create simulated worlds and there’s nothing remotely spooky about that,” said David Chalmers, a professor of philosophy at New York University. “Our creator isn’t especially spooky, it’s just some teenage hacker in the next universe up.” Turn the tables, and we are essentially gods over our own computer creations. “We don’t think of ourselves as deities when we program Mario, even though we have power over how high Mario jumps,” Tyson said. “There’s no reason to think they’re all-powerful just because they control everything we do.” And a simulated universe introduces another disturbing possibility. “What happens,” Tyson said, “if there’s a bug that crashes the entire program?”

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    Re: in the next universe up

    The universe above the one we inhabit.
    "Invading armies have no rights." Noam Chomsky

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    Re: in the next universe up

    The author hypothesizes that concentric universes exist. "Below" ours are the little universes of video games; "above" ours is a teenaged hacker who created us for amusement.
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