Living Inside A Simulation… What, Like The Matrix?

First, before you click away… we’re serious. There are experts who are arguing that we are living in a simulation. And everything we know may be part of a science experiment. Laura D’Olimpio, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Notre Dame Australia, has postulated this. So, what does she believe?

First, 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 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?”

This isn’t the first instance of the idea

So, French philosopher René Descartes originally theorised about the brain-in-a-vat. And he wrote about it in his 1641 Meditations on First Philosophy. But, there he said that our minds are all being controlled from a laboratory.

Finally, 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?”

So, this is from 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 you believe we are Living Inside A Simulation? And if we are, would you take the “blue pill”, or the “red pill”? Let us know on Facebook & Twitter.

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