Has any philosopher claimed that reality is a simulation, and the evil genius wants us to stay alive, in order for that philosopher to explain what seems like a miracle?
Would anyone ever admit to such a ridiculous belief? If that were true, how would it change our "metaphysics" (which is, incidentally, not my word)?
However dim that one sounds, I would be highly interested in hearing a very good counter-argument to that intuition. Perhaps it is too solipsistic? Or do we know that the evil genius would, then, be mad, and so not in control of our reality?
In effect, I may be looking for a definitive reason to believe that history is real, because it's that or an intolerably "queer" (in Mackey's sense) madness: so that he, the evil genius, would be God after-all. Else he would not be omnipotent.