RE: virus: Re:virtuality

Schneider John (
Wed, 25 Dec 1996 00:21:30 -0500

Flaps asks:
> Is there any way we can tell if the world we live in is not an
> artificial world impregnated into our brain thinking in our real
> body somewhere far away?
> How do we know if everything we are living through is artificial?

I've never heard a good answer to this, ad echo your question.
Descartes thought along these same lines, and concluded "Cogito
ergo sum", but concluded nothing more than that. I read a book
entitled "Labyrinths of Reason" some time ago, which also dis-
played the above question, but offered no answer, which I assume
indicates that there is no way of knowing that our brains are not
just sitting in vats with lots of electrodes plugged into 'em.

In a Brodie-like way of thinking, though: what difference does
it make?

- JPSchneider