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Unformatted text preview: How do we know anything? The world around us could all be a dream, created by our consciousness as we go along. Or perhaps humanity is unwittingly part of an enormous computer simulation as in the movie The Matrix . How do we know? How could we possibly know? Thomas Nagel poses the question How do we know anything? and begins his discussion by introducing the possibility that there is nothing beyond our own consciousnesses and that the real world that we perceive with our 5 senses is but an illusion. He compares this to a kind of dream-state. When we dream, we dont know that were dreaming, and we think that what we see is real, etc. We cant even be sure if we actually experienced our memories, or simply conjured them from our consciousnesses ten minutes ago! If there is truly nothing in existence outside of your own consciousness, then...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PHL 200 taught by Professor Dowell during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '08