RE: virus: Re:virtuality
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 00:09:55 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 25 Dec 1996, Schneider John wrote:

> Flaps asks:
> > Is there any way we can tell if the world we live in is not an
> > artificial world impregnated into our brain thinking in our real
> > body somewhere far away?
> >
> > How do we know if everything we are living through is artificial?
> I've never heard a good answer to this, ad echo your question.
> Descartes thought along these same lines, and concluded "Cogito
> ergo sum", but concluded nothing more than that. I read a book
> entitled "Labyrinths of Reason" some time ago, which also dis-
> played the above question, but offered no answer, which I assume
> indicates that there is no way of knowing that our brains are not
> just sitting in vats with lots of electrodes plugged into 'em.

What are the vats made of? After all, the above description is
reasonably accurate in terms of current biology.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd