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Skepticism Any questions from last weeks lecture or the readings? Plato Descartes Brain-in-a-vat
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Questions and quotations on the Matrix Questions on the Matrix will be handed out to those who have seen the Matrix before. These questions will be posted on the course blog for other students. Read the questions and think about them before next week. Also posted will be quotations from the movie.
David Chalmers, The Matrix as Metaphysics http://consc.net/papers/matrix.html The Matrix is not truly an example of a skeptical hypothesis The world is just constituted differently than we know. Atoms, molecules, electrons and forces are real, but ultimately composed of computer code.
The horror of the Matrix is not that the world is virtual, but that the world is constructed by other beings, who can interfere in it, change it, restart it, etc. at will. Human accomplishments seem meaningless, because the computers are ultimately in charge of human history. Are human accomplishments meaningless if they are not lasting?
Required reading Questions on and quotations from the Matrix posted on the course blog. Suggested reading: Daniel Dennett, Where am I? at: http://www.newbanner.com/SecHumSCM/WhereAmI. html (new link: last weeks link is no longer valid) http://www.newbanner.com/SecHumSCM/WhereAmI. html