In the yellow pill phillips tells a story where two

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
thought process that go along with it that make philosophy work. In The Yellow Pill , Phillips tells a story where two philosophical ideas are battled and argued against each other. An accused murder, Jerry, is claimed to be psychotic because he believes that the people he shot were alien lizards and that rather than being in a doctor’s office he was really on a spaceship. The psychiatrist seeing him, Dr. Cedric Elton, argued that Jerry was delusional and that they were in fact in an office. Both men eagerly tried to persuade on another until they were both successful in their efforts. Jerry believes he is in an office and decides to open the office door and leave. When Jerry dies from walking out the office, Dr. Cedric’s perception is changed and he then realizes that Jerry was in fact right; they were on a spaceship
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
and Jerry died by leaving into outer space. The way the story is written demonstrates a good example of how philosophy sometimes works. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we are shown how the different experiences and knowledge of others plays a role in perception. When one of the prisoners of the cave was released, he experienced the outside world: something he never knew existed. He went back to his fellow prisoners and tried to explain his new findings, but they didn’t believe or understand him. For the other prisoners, the shadows on the wall and darkness were their reality; they didn’t know what the sky, sun, or animals were. This excerpt shows how the more experience and knowledge gained the more perception changes.
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern