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Personal Identity - Brains in Vats

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Footnote 1:
  • A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
  • I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
  • As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
  • The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
Footnote 4:
  • While this claim is often made by futurologists, it doesn’t make sense to me.
  • Computer programs are universals. I am a particular.
  • What I am – in the sense intended here – is a particular implementation of a computer program “running” on a particular piece of hardware.
  • So, I would be a particular partition of a particular piece of hardware, configured an an appropriate way.
Footnote 7:
  • Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
  • In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
  • In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
  • My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
Footnote 8:
  • I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
  • Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
Footnote 9:
  • Noe: See the conclusion of Chapter 8.


Note last updated: 17/08/2018 21:59:02





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
(Copy Annotated)
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
(Mostly Author's Text)
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
(Write-Up Complete)
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) What are We? A Study of Personal Ontology 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%
Partridge (John) Plato's Cave and The Matrix Paper - By Subtopic Grau - Philosophers Explore "The Matrix", 2005 No
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
(Write-Up Complete)
  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
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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