Against Brain-in-a-Vatism: On the Value of Virtual Reality

@article{Cogburn2014AgainstBO,
  title={Against Brain-in-a-Vatism: On the Value of Virtual Reality},
  author={Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox},
  journal={Philosophy \& Technology},
  year={2014},
  volume={27},
  pages={561-579}
}
The term “virtual reality” was first coined by Antonin Artaud to describe a value-adding characteristic of certain types of theatrical performances. The expression has more recently come to refer to a broad range of incipient digital technologies that many current philosophers regard as a serious threat to human autonomy and well-being. Their concerns, which are formulated most succinctly in “brain in a vat”-type thought experiments and in Robert Nozick's famous “experience machine” argument… 
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