Brain in a Vat

Brain in a Vat - Andrew Lazarow PHI 107 3/29/11 Could we be...

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Andrew Lazarow PHI 107 3/29/11 Could we be a brain in a vat? Throughout history there has always been a lot of skepticism about whether what we see as humans is the reality. This question has interested so many people that movies, such as The Matrix, have been box office hits because of how intrigued viewers were. The lingering question of can the question could we just be a brain in a vat really be answered leaves peoples’ minds racing trying to figure out an answer. This is how the argument goes: 1. If I know that I don’t have a skull, then I know that I’m a brain in a vat. 2. I don’t know that I’m a brain in a vat. 3. I don’t know that I have a skull. (Englund) First we have to prove that the argument is valid (Gallois). Premise one clearly states that what we see is either reality, meaning we have a skull, or a brain in a vat, meaning an image put into our head. This means that if we don’t know that we are a brain in a vat then we can conclude that we also don’t know that we have a skull. Because the premises support the conclusion the argument is valid. Now we need to prove that this is a sound argument. For an argument to be a sound argument all the premises must be true (Gallois). Premise one is true based on the assumption
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course PHI 107 taught by Professor Mattskene during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.

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