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Author Topic: Can Bad Men Make Good Brains Do Bad Things?  (Read 458 times)

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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Can Bad Men Make Good Brains Do Bad Things?
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:04:51 PM »
I've noticed that more than a few of Elliquiy's members are interested in philosophy.  If you're one of them, you might want to check this out:

Tissues in the Profession: CAN BAD MEN MAKE GOOD BRAINS DO BAD THINGS?

On Twin Earth, a brain in a vat is at the wheel of a runaway trolley.  There are only two options that the brain can take: the right side of the fork in the track or the left side of the fork.  There is no way in sight of derailing or stopping the trolley and the brain is aware of this, for the brain knows trolleys.  The brain is causally hooked up to the trolley such that the brain can determine the course which the trolley will take...

As a guy enamored of thought experiments, I really, really enjoy this one.  I hope that you do, too!

Spel