Would it be a good thing to be able to upload our brains to robots so
we could live forever?
- scientific argument
- argument from opinion and basic beliefs
- argument from our experience as humans with bodies
what's real? what is the relationship between the
physical world and what is in our heads?
real world exists, we know it through our senses (which are certainly
not entirely reliable and could conceivably be entirely wrong) , but
how we perceive it depends on our concepts
this room exists but each of us interprets it differently and stores
that interpretation in our brain
default (average) philosophy: physical world is real, our
perception and experience and inner interpretation of it isn't fully
real (and is also different for each person so we can't really know
what someone else feels and experiences)
default=the way our minds naturally work
default=the current common assumption of our culture
this is depressing, it takes the meaning out of life. We've based
our lives too much on science (because it works) and lost our belief
that life has meaning, people matter, what you think and do matters.
in our hearts we believe that feelings, relationship, meaning, all
matter more than facts (are most real in a deeper sense)
the web is so appealing because it highlights relationships, narrative,
our own interests, feelings--so it leads us towards a world where those
things are more important and realer than empty facts
alternative view--the web makes reality even more elusive because so
many people aren't "telling the truth"