20 Days To Go: Esse Quam Videri (“To Be, Rather Than To Seem To Be”)

If Alex keeps writing this well, he’s going to put me out of my job. Just saying. — AWO

by Alex Nakahara

My girlfriend recently had to write a paper on this question: “Can we be sure that our visual experience tells us how things really are?” Everyone struggles with this question at one time or another, usually after watching The Matrix. What can we be sure of in a world where ‘reality’ is constantly being redefined?

As an engineer, I have an overly pragmatic answer: Who cares? If I’m nothing but a computer chip that thinks it’s a brain inside a nutrient vat that believes it is actually a person walking around in some virtual reality, is it any different for me than if my flesh and blood is real? No, until Morpheus slips me a pill in my rum and coke. Since I don’t usually get that lucky at the bar, why fret about it?   Continue reading “20 Days To Go: Esse Quam Videri (“To Be, Rather Than To Seem To Be”)”