This essay outlines David Chalmers Matrix hypothesis. Chalmers is a consciousness researcher with interests in philosophical questions. As we shall see he regards the Matrix theory as a Metaphysical hypothesis. Chalmers neither endorses the Matrix theory nor rejects it. Rather he respects it as a speculative theory saying that it should be taken seriously. The Matrix is concerned with a philosophical perspective: the brain in a vat. A disembodied brain is floating in a vat, inside a scientist's laboratory. The scientist has made it so that the brain of the human living in the Matrix and the brain outside of the Matrix will correspond with one another. Hence the human brain is connected to a giant computer simulation of a world.2 When the brain produces outputs, these are fed back into the simulation. The internal state of the brain is just like that of a normal brain, despite the fact that it lacks a body. From the brain's point of view, things seem very much as they seem to you and me.
[...] Interestingly, Chalmers goes on to label the Matrix Hypothesis as creation myth for the information age.”3 This gives the hypothesis a positive psychological side to it. And a Matrix creation myth would be a modernized (indeed ultra modern) mythology as traditionally creation myths that been about the expression of explanatory narrative that consist of gods, demons and so forth. But a Matrix based creation myth would be one that says that the universe was not created by God nor by gods. [...]
[...] Those beings that live in a Matrix may be deceived into thinking that their universe is all that there is. No doubt this would happen. But this doesn't cause me much concern. Humans used to believe that the earth was flat, that the sun went around the earth, and that the universe was much smaller than it is and so on. Everyday reality matters more for the humans psychological stability. One may not understand a great deal about the nature of reality but might find more than enough comfort in familiarity and family and friends, routine etc. [...]
[...] As Chalmers writes If the Matrix version of reality is true then brain is massively deluded, it seems. It has all sorts of false beliefs about the world. It believes that it has a body, but it has no body. It believes that it is walking outside in the sunlight, but in fact it is inside a dark lab. It believes it is one place, when in fact it may be somewhere quite different. Perhaps it thinks it is in Tucson, when it is actually in Australia, or even in outer space.”3 Nevertheless, Chalmers agrees with us here that we are not really deluded even if we are in a Matrix world. [...]
[...] Rather, they tell us what chairs are really like.”4 The rest of this essay will concern itself with Chalmers three-part Matrix - Metaphysical hypothesis. (Physical processes as computational, human cognition as separate from physical processes but as interacting with them, and material reality as created by beings external to our space-time). Chalmers rightly argues that these parts of the theory are coherent irrespective of whether the Matrix hypothesis is true or not. As said, Chalmers is ultimately agnostic on that point as am I. [...]
[...] But most of my everyday beliefs about the external world will remain intact.”9 Human cognition as separate with physical processes but as interacting The Mind-Body Hypothesis: This hypothesis is widely accepted and could be regarded as the layman's common sense since Descartes came up with mind- body dualism. This theory equates to mind and body being separate the former as non-physical, the latter as physical. Chalmers again writes “Whether or not the Mind-Body Hypothesis is true, it is certainly coherent. [...]
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