<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Chalmers (David) - The Matrix as Metaphysics (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8477.htm">The Matrix as Metaphysics</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Chalmers (David).htm">Chalmers (David)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8477.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperCitings_8477.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PapersToNotes_8477.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author's Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">This paper was written for the  philosophy section of the official Matrix website. It also appears in <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1480.htm">Grau (Christopher) - Philosophers Explore 'The Matrix'</A>". As such, the bulk of the paper is written to be accessible for an audience without a background in philosophy. At the same time, this paper is intended as a serious work of philosophy, with relevance for central issues in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind and language. A section of  philosophical notes at the end of the article draws out some of these connections explicitly. </ol></FONT><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li><a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_56.htm">Brains in Vats</A><SUP>1</SUP></li><li>Envatment Reconsidered</li><li>The Metaphysical Hypothesis<ol type="i"><li>The Creation Hypothesis</li><li>The Computational Hypothesis</li><li>The Mind-Body Hypothesis</li><li>The Metaphysical Hypothesis</ol></li><li>The Matrix Hypothesis as a Metaphysical Hypothesis</li><li>Life in the Matrix</li><li>Objection: Simulation is not Reality</li><li>Other Objections</li><li>Other Skeptical Hypothesis<ul type="disc"><li>New Matrix Hypothesis</li><li>Recent Matrix Hypothesis</li><li>Local Matrix Hypothesis</li><li>Extendible Local Matrix Hypothesis</li><li>Macroscopic Matrix Hypothesis</li><li>God Hypothesis</li><li>Evil Genius Hypothesis</li><li>Dream Hypothesis</li><li>Chaos Hypothesis</li></ul></li><li>Philosophical Notes</li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Comments</U> <ol type="1"><li>I ve now forgotten the details of what Chalmers line is, but if memory serves it is that it s false to think of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_56.htm">brains in vats</A><SUP>2</SUP> as massively deceived as to reality. For them, reality is as reality seems; something to do with how words acquire meaning, maybe. </li><li>For the full paper, see <a name="W1210W"></a><A HREF = "http://consc.net/papers/matrix.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li></ol><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>A hard-copy (complete with my annotations) is filed in <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5966.htm">Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 04 (C)</A>". </li><li>For a critique, see <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_12/Abstract_12023.htm">Lloyd (Peter) - A Review of David Chalmers' essay 'The Matrix as Metaphysics'</A>". </li></ul><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T07:11" pubdate>02/08/2018 07:11:10</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>