Re: vat #12 on the nature of reality

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Tue Jan 09 2001 - 06:41:56 MST

An old mail I just noticed:

Doug Skrecky <> writes:

> "In fact, we have no way of knowing whether what we experience as our lives
> is real or imaginary. For all we know, we could be nothing but disembodied
> brains floating in a tank, everything we perceive just input fed to us by
> some demented computer."
> -vat 12, specimen 5 (termination recommended)

You left out the ending of its monologue:

"And does my life gain or lose meaning based on my reaction to such

I think specimen 5 had a good point there. What matters is not our
ontological status, but what we do with it.

(Ah, SMAC as the source of all philosophy! :-)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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