Everything we know maybe part of a science experiment being conducted in someone’s laboratory, Laura D’Olimpio, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Notre Dame Australia, says.
She believes that our brains are being kept in a jar and being fed nutrients via tubes, and has challenged anyone to prove that this isn’t the case.
She wrote in an article for academic and research community led media outlet The Conversation: “The nerve endings of your brain are connected to a supercomputer that feeds you all the sensations of everyday life.
“This is why you think you’re living a completely normal life.
“Do you still exist? Are you still even ‘you’? And is the world as you know it a figment of your imagination or an illusion constructed by this evil scientist?
“Can you say with absolute certainty that it’s not true? Could you prove to someone that you aren’t actually a brain in a vat?”
French philosopher René Descartes originally theorised about the brain-in-a-vat in his 1641 Meditations on First Philosophy where he said that our minds are all being controlled from a laboratory.
Ms D’Olimpio added: “It is from Descartes that we get classical sceptical queries favoured by philosophers such as: How can we be sure that we are awake right now and not asleep, dreaming?”
This is an article taken from the Daily Express website. It’s certainly provoked an interesting debate here at IT Assist, what do you guys think? Do believe we are in a computer simulation? And if we are, would you take the “blue pill”, or the “red pill”? Let us know on Facebook & Twitter.