Brain In a Vat

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Pollock’s Brain in a Vat Theory Many wonder what in the world is real and what is imaginary. There are theories of us being puppets to us being figures of a child’s imagination and even better known, being a brain in a vat. The brain in a vat theory was developed by Pollock but rest assure that these assumptions are indeed false. There is no reasonable worry in thinking that we are all brains in a vat due to many circumstances. One quick way of solving the mystery of whether or not Pollock was a brain in the vat was to as Margot to prove that he was a brain in the vat. If someone could make you think something was real, the most logical thing to do is to have them prove their theory. However, let’s assume that there was no Margot, how would have Pollock solved this troubling news? The simple answer is to understanding the difference between knowledge and certainty. According to Cornman, Lehrer, and Pappas theoretical knowledge is knowledge of truth. What is then considered to be theoretical knowledge? A good example would be that we know that there is oxygen in the air. It is a clear and proven fact. In relation to the brain in the vat, we know that Pollock could not be one because he would have to know every single detail in the imagined world which would be impossible if he had not experienced everything there is to experience in the so called “real world”. Knowledge in in of itself also depends on who says the information. For Margot to prove her case, she would have to show Pollock that she was in fact present at the time of the surgery and not just someone who has heard about the procedure. Huemer first skeptical arguement states, “In order for me to know something to be true, I must have an adequate reason for believing it.” Based off of this statement, we can conclude that because Pollock does not have adequate reasoning to say that he is a brain
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