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Lifelong Learning

Philosophy Cafe Event

Time:
13:00 - 14:00
Date:
16 February 2012
Venue:
John Hansard Gallery Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Lifelong Learning Team on 02380 59 7261 or email lifelonglearning@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

External world scepticism, or what if you're in the Matrix?

In the film 'The Matrix', the main character discovers that his life is an illusion - all of his experiences have come from a perfect computer simulation fed into his brain. This is a modern version of thought-experiments employed by philosophers for hundreds of years. Does the seeming fact that we can't tell that we're not in the Matrix show that we don't know anything about the world around us? And if you *are* in the Matrix, exactly what difference does it make?

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Dr Conor McHugh,Lecturer in Philosophy

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