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Brains in Vats

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Awaiting Attention (Personal Identity) Body Functionalism Thought Experiments What are We?

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Abbreviations Body Brain, 2 Brain Transplants Disembodied Existence
Fission Human Beings Teletransportation Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Current Stance

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Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note

Author Title Medium Extra Links Read?
Bauby (Jean-Dominique) The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Book Low Quality Abstract   Yes
Chalmers (David) The Matrix as Metaphysics Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Collier (John D.) Could I conceive being a brain in a vat? Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2  
Dainton (Barry) Self: Philosophy In Transit: Prologue Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Dancy (Jonathan) Scepticism Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Dennett (Daniel) Where Am I? Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Haggqvist (Soren) Application Paper Low Quality Abstract    
Haggqvist (Soren) The Central Cases Paper Low Quality Abstract    
Haggqvist (Soren) Thought Experiments and Arguments Paper Low Quality Abstract    
Madden (Rory) Could a Brain in a Vat Self-Refer? Paper Low Quality Abstract 2  
Moravec (Hans) Pigs in Cyberspace Paper Low Quality Abstract    
Noe (Alva) Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness Paper High Quality Abstract    
Olson (Eric) Animalism and the Remnant-Person Problem Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) Psychology and Personal Identity Paper High Quality Abstract   Yes
Olson (Eric) What Are We? Brains Paper High Quality Abstract 2, 3  
Olson (Eric) Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Pautz (Adam) Brains in Vats, Inverts, and Swampmen: The Real Trouble with Armchair Arguments Against Phenomenal Externalism Paper Low Quality Abstract    
Pritchard (Duncan) What do you know? What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any? Paper High Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Abbreviations Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Body Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brain Paper Medium Quality Abstract 2 Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brain Transplants Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brains in Vats Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Current Position Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Disembodied Existence Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Fission Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Human Beings Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Teletransportation Paper Medium Quality Abstract   Yes



References & Reading List

Author Title Medium Source Read?
Barrow (John) Living in a Simulated Universe Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Website No
Bauby (Jean-Dominique) The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Book - By Subtopic Low Quality Abstract Bauby (Jean-Dominique) - The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Yes
Bostrom (Nick) Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? Paper - By Subtopic Birkbeck Philosophy Society, 11th February 2003 No
Bostrom (Nick) Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Quarterly, 2003, Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243-255 Yes
Bostrom (Nick) How Long Before Superintelligence? Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Personal Website. Yes
Bostrom (Nick) The Simulation Argument: Reply to Weatherson Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Quarterly, 2005, Vol. 55, No. 218, pp. 90-97 No
Brueckner (Anthony) Brains in a Vat Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Mar., 1986) (pp. 148-167) No
Brueckner (Anthony) If I Am a Brain in a Vat, Then I Am Not a Brain in a Vat Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Mind, New Series, Vol. 101, No. 401 (Jan., 1992), pp. 123-128 No
Brueckner (Anthony) The Simulation Argument Again Paper - By Subtopic Analysis, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jul., 2008) (pp. 224-226) No
Chalmers (David) The Matrix as Metaphysics Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 Yes
Clark (Andy) The Twisted Matrix: Dream, Simulation, or Hybrid? Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Collier (John D.) Could I conceive being a brain in a vat? Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 68, Number 4, December 1990, pp. 413-419(7) No
Dennett (Daniel) Brainstorms - Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 43%
Dennett (Daniel) Where Am I? Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract Dennett - Brainstorms - Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology, Chapter 17 Yes
Dreyfus (Hubert L.) & Dreyfus (S.D.) Existential Phenomenology and the Brave New World Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Driver (Julia) Artificial Ethics Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Fredkin (Edward) A New Cosmogony Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Website No
Fredkin (Edward) A Physicist's Model of Computation Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Website No
Fredkin (Edward) Digital Mechanics (Book) Paper - By Subtopic Website No
Fredkin (Edward) Finite Nature Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract Website No
Grau (Christopher) Bad Dreams, Evil Demons, and the Experience Machine: Philosophy and The Matrix Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Grau (Christopher) Philosophers Explore 'The Matrix' Book - Cited Grau (Christopher) - Philosophers Explore 'The Matrix' 12%
Grau (Christopher) Philosophers Explore 'The Matrix': Introduction Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Haggqvist (Soren) Application Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Haggqvist - Thought Experiments In Philosophy, 1996, Chapter 9 No
Haggqvist (Soren) The Central Cases Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Haggqvist - Thought Experiments In Philosophy, 1996, Appendix No
Haggqvist (Soren) Thought Experiments and Arguments Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Haggqvist - Thought Experiments In Philosophy, 1996, Chapter 5 No
Haggqvist (Soren) Thought Experiments In Philosophy Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Hanley (Richard) Never the Twain Shall Meet: Reflections on the Very First Matrix Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Lloyd (Peter) A Review of David Chalmers' essay 'The Matrix as Metaphysics' Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract Website No
Madden (Rory) Could a Brain in a Vat Self-Refer? Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract European Journal of Philosophy, 2010 6%
Mawson (Tim J.) Morpheus and Berkeley on Reality Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
McGinn (Colin) The Matrix of Dreams Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
McKenna (Michael) Neo's Freedom … Whoa! Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Moravec (Hans) Pigs in Cyberspace Paper - Cited Low Quality Abstract More & Vita-More - The Transhumanist Reader, Part IV - Chapter 17 No
More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) The Transhumanist Reader Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 6%
Murray (David) Disembodied Brains Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1969-70, 121-140 No
Noe (Alva) Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness Book - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Noe (Alva) - Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness 23%
Olson (Eric) The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Low Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied Yes
Olson (Eric) What are We? Book - Cited (via Paper Cited) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied 57%
Olson (Eric) What Are We? Brains Paper - Cited High Quality Abstract What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology, Chapter 4 (November 2007: Oxford University Press.) 22%
Olson (Eric) Why We Need Not Accept the Psychological Approach Paper - Referencing Medium Quality Abstract The Human Animal, September 1999, Chapter 3, pp. 42-72 Yes
Partridge (John) Plato's Cave and The Matrix Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Pritchard (Duncan) What do you know? What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any? Paper - Referencing High Quality Abstract Ward (Dave), Pritchard (Duncan), Massimi (Michela), Lavelle (Suilin), Chrisman (Matthew), Hazlett (Allan) & Richmond (Alasdair) - Introduction to Philosophy Yes
Pryor (James) What's So Bad about Living in the Matrix Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Todman (Theo) Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2002/2003 Programme Book - By Subtopic (via Paper By Subtopic) Todman (Theo) - Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2002/2003 Programme 2%
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Brains in Vats Paper - By Subtopic Medium Quality Abstract   Yes
Todman (Theo) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Paper - Referencing   Yes
Wagner (Rachel) & Flannery-Dailey (Frances) Wake Up! Worlds of Illusion in Gnosticism, Buddhism, and The Matrix Project Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Ward (Dave), Pritchard (Duncan), Massimi (Michela), Lavelle (Suilin), Chrisman (Matthew), Hazlett (Allan) & Richmond (Alasdair) Introduction to Philosophy Book - Referencing (via Paper Referencing) Medium Quality Abstract Bibliographical details to be supplied No
Warwick (Kevin) The Matrix - Our Future? Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
Weatherson (Brian) Are You a Sim? Paper - Cited Medium Quality Abstract Philosophical Quarterly, 2003, Vol. 53: 425-31 No



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