Philosophy class: On your marks, headset, go: my surprising, scary trip to the metaverse
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Epistemology, Analysis of knowledge
Click to view the article below and then answer the questions:
How could playing horror games support Chalmers’ claim that what happens in virtual reality is truly real?
Do you agree with Chalmers claim about virtual reality?
How could the existence of the metaverse support scepticism about the external world?
The article mentions Bernard Suits’ work The Grasshopper, in which he objects to Wittgenstein’s assertion that games are indefinable and suggests necessary and sufficient conditions for the concept ‘game’. What do you make of Suits claim? Do you think it is possible to identify necessary and sufficient conditions for ‘knowledge’?
Jack Robertson, Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet