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Episode 5: Do we live in The Matrix? (Note: See description before you comment)
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Description
Ever wondered whether we live in the Matrix? How would we know or argue that we are, or are not in one? This video presents a philosophical argument (and one answer) to why we do or do not live in the Matrix. Right, frankly speaking, this video only presents one side of the argument. Hilary Putnam's argument, presented in this video, can be imperfect and confusing just like any other philosophical argument. If you would like to comment your own thoughts on this matter, please do so in a respectful manner, or refer to the links below for academic articles that provide criticism of Putnam's argument. And of course, the conclusion reached in the video is not necessarily the 'absolutely right' or the 'definite' answer. What the video shows is that by looking at questions and ideas from different perspectives, we can arrive at very interesting and varied answers as well as conclusions. That is what makes philosophy interesting! Comments and suggestions are welcome! The concept of the Matrix is embedded in history, and here are some resources for further reading: About Rene Descartes: http://www.iep.utm.edu/descarte/ About Plato and his Allegory of the Cave: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/platometaphysics/ About Hilary Putnam, the mathematician, computer scientist and philosopher (he was also Cogan University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Putnam About the main Brain in a Vat, or ‘wemightbeintheMatrix’ argument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_in_a_vat All about Putnam’s argument on why we are not Brains in Vats, or why we do not live in the Matrix: Summary and Criticisms: http://repugnantconclusions.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/brainsinavatandtheskepticalchallenge/ Outline and Criticism: http://www.ukessays.com/essays/philosophy/putnamsvatandexternalism.php Nice summary: http://onphilosophy.wordpress.com/2006/06/13/hilaryputnamonwhywearen%E2%80%99tbrainsinavat/ What Plato had to say about this concept: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/skepticismcontentexternalism/ Physicists studying Cosmic Rays: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/sciencenews/10451983/DoweliveintheMatrixScientistsbelievetheymayhaveansweredthequestion.html