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Imagine that we live in a world where the technology exists




Imagine that we live in a world where the technology exists to keep brains alive by submerging them in vats of nutrients and preservatives. Scientists working with these brains-in-vats have attached various electrodes to each and have connected these electrodes to super computers. The computers stimulate the brains with the result that the brains experience all the thoughts, beliefs, sensations and emotions that people experience. The brains think they are leading ordinary lives. The brains believe they are part of the world. They believe they are taking an introduction to philosophy course in which they are discussing the brain-in-vat thought experiment, for example.;Could a brain-in-a-vat tell that it was not living an active, real life? That is, could a brain distinguish its experiences from ordinary life? If yes, how could it do this? If no, why not?;Assuming the brain cannot tell that it is just a brain-in-a-vat, does this mean that you do not know now (as you write this paper) whether you are a brain-in-a-vat? How will the possibility that you are a brain-in-a-vat affect your beliefs about yourself, your friends, and the world around you? What will change in the way you look at your role in the world and in your expectations about the world?;The essay should be about 300 words.


Paper#15888 | Written in 18-Jul-2015

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