“Suppose there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Superduper…”

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“Suppose there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Superduper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Should you plug into this machine for life, preprogramming your life experiences?… Of course, while in the tank you won’t know that you’re there; you’ll think that it’s all actually happening… Would you plug in?”

Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia

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