If you like it, does it matter if it's real?

  title={If you like it, does it matter if it's real?},
  author={Felipe De Brigard},
  journal={Philosophical Psychology},
  pages={43 - 57}
  • Felipe De Brigard
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • Philosophical Psychology
Most people's intuitive reaction after considering Nozick's experience machine thought-experiment seems to be just like his: we feel very little inclination to plug in to a virtual reality machine capable of providing us with pleasurable experiences. Many philosophers take this empirical fact as sufficient reason to believe that, more than pleasurable experiences, people care about “living in contact with reality.” Such claim, however, assumes that people's reaction to the experience machine… 
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