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Are You Real or Are You Living in The Matrix?

As our technology improves -- spawning video games and programs that create sensory experiences in your brain -- the more some people will question the physical reality of the world in which we live, one of the many philosophical arguments behind The Matrix.

This interesting essay (linked below) delves into the popular simulation argument posited by The Matrix that humans may be living their thinking lives inside a computer-simulated environment while their bodies are surviving elsewhere, be it a test tube or something else. The argument comes down to three questions:

  • Can a species like our own avoid extinction before it becomes technologically mature?
  • Are there any other civilizations that could do this to our minds?
  • Is it a certainty you live in a simulation?

Interesting philosophical questions to ponder to be sure.

Cow's Blog November 26, 2006