Descartes’ philosophical technique has come to be known as “Methodological Doubt”.

Descartes’ philosophical technique has come to be known as “Methodological Doubt”. Let’s play the game.

Descartes claims that the large majority of the things we claim to know are not nearly as certain as we like to think. For example, in a dream, we think our experiences are real when they’re really coming from our own imagination. So, are we actually certain about our experiences of the world at all? Does experience actually provide any certainty?

Your thought experiment prompt: Can we know that our experiences of the world are not merely simulated by a sophisticated computer? If it were true that we lived in a simulation, can we still know some things for certain? Does Descartes think that we can still know some things for certain even if we live in a simulated reality? I should assign the Matrix for homework, but we can just watch the attached videos instead. Please write 250 words.