Sunday, October 23, 2016

Brain In A Jar


With a handful of exceptions, pretty much everyone I've ever met thinks they know what's best, that their view of things is the proper view. Like, I've got a firm grip on reality and you? You're just stupid not to see things my way. As I said, that's pretty much how everybody acts. I'm right, you're wrong, get a life.

But why would low IQ car dealers and insurance salesman, high school shop teachers and banking branch managers follow that reasoning? (If you are not in one of those groups, don't worry, it's just a sampling. Chances are you're among them anyway whatever your phony baloney job is.) Well, consider the brain in a jar thought experiment.

The “brain in a jar” thought experiment is a question discussed by thinkers and scientists who, like most people, believe that one’s understanding of reality depends solely on their subjective feelings.

So, what is the essence of this thought experiment? Imagine that you are just a brain in a jar that is run by aliens or mad scientists. How would you know? And can you truly deny the possibility that this is your reality?

I mean, if you simply believe what you're told without question like a good employee, you're really letting your masters define everything about you. You do their bidding because they give you a paycheck and it makes sense to lie, cheat, and steal for the company or the party because they're going to take care of you, they're going to assure you that their view of reality is the correct view and, gosh darn it! it's okay to screw the customer because making money is what it's all about. Right? Wrong.

This is a modern interpretation of Descartes’ evil demon problem. This thought experiment leads to the same conclusion: we cannot confirm the actual existence of anything except our consciousness. If this seems to sound reminiscent of “The Matrix“, it is. Unfortunately, in reality, we have no red pills. But we do have common sense which is bolstered by a good education and practical experience.

Are you just a brain in a jar?

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