Hilary Putnam Essay

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The acquisition of knowledge is indeed fascinating since it is the use and manipulation of such knowledge that ultimately determines the capacity for development of an individual. From the beginning of time, it has been shown that decisions and actions affect future outcomes. What if Adam did not eat the apple? Thus one may infer that our behaviour should be directed to acquire the appropriate knowledge before executing a plan of action. As Aristotle approached this subject thru Metafusikh (Metaphysics), the core principle to his argument was that nothing can ‘be’ and ‘not be’ at the same time (IV:3-6) Further, the very idea of ‘becoming’ is using an agent i.e. our mind, body and soul, to convert a potentiality into an actuality. I shall explain why I believe in the absolute benefit of real life over virtual experiences. Virtual Reality has undergone a significant progression since its initial literary conception in 1938 by the French playwright Antoin Artaud. Now with the ability to offer tactile experiences, the user is able to be part of false moment with the gross sensation of reality. This obviously invokes reactions regarding whether such an experience is good, but just like many other man made objects, its benefit is a function of its intended use. Unequivocally there are benefits to virtual reality for example in training to flying a plane or perform medical procedures, recreating or augmenting the senses in order to help the deaf hear or the blind see. The above scenarios are a sample of what should be select indications for the use of virtual reality. The laws for use of virtual reality should limit its applications to select populations as described above since its widespread use on the general population can be detrimental, as illustrated in many plays and movies on the theme. A separate argument for the benefit of virtual reality may be based upon the

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