De Anza College Would You Choose a Simulated Reality Discussion

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Discussion 5 -Would you choose a simulated "Reality"?

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In the movie The Matrix, Neo is offered the choice to stay in a fake or simulated pleasant "reality" (the blue bill) or to enter actual reality which is not very pleasant ( the red pill)"

Red or Blue Pill? Which would you choose?Watch this clip from The Matrix (Links to an external site.)

After choosing the red pill, he enters REALITY:

Watch thisclip (Links to an external site.)of the movie (Links to an external site.)The Matrix where Neo is Welcomed to the real world:

Now, consider the following thought experiment. Suppose there was an experience machine that would give you any life experience you desired. Super-duper neuroscientists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or having a lover, or traveling the world, any life you desire. You could live the life of a famous movie star or sports hero, or world renowned scientist -whatever your dream is. The Matrix machine is just like real life and you would think you are living a real life, but all the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. You can make choices in your dream world, and the machine program will always optimize the consequences to produce the maximum pleasurable and happy consequences to fulfill your dream life. If some pain or suffering is required to optimize the best life possible, the machine will make that happen because it is programmed to take any free decision you make and optimize it to the best possible outcome for an ideal and happy life. In other words, the machine will guarantee you the best possible life you could ever have. The machine would keep your body alive for 90 years. Once you decide to enter, you cannot leave. You can make choices in your dream world, and the machine program will always optimize the consequences to produce the maximum pleasurable and happy consequences to fulfill your dream life.Would you plug into this machine for life or not? Of course, while in the tank you won't know that you're there and won't remember your past life; you'll think that it's all actually happening. There is no difference in your dream life or real life in how real the experience feels.

Would you plug in? Why or why not?

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1.Write a 300 word initial response Due Monday Nov 9.

2. Make at least three replies with about 100 words each to your classmates discussing the hypothetical scenario Due by Nov 11.

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If I were presented with such an opportunity, I would not plug into the experience
machine. First, I have come to accept and enjoy the unpredictability of life. It one's responsibility
to put effort into executing what matters to them. Therefore, plugging into the experience
machine would deny me an opportunity to enjoy life and have the joy of making decisions that
matter in my life. Secondly, human beings are social beings, which means that there are family
members and friends that I have developed bonds with for varying reasons. Therefore, deciding
to plug into the experience machine would mean denying all of those pe...


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