Why virtual reality cannot match the real thing


Suppose you were offered the opportunity to hook yourself up to a machine that would give you all the experiences you desire.

  • Janna Thompson
  • The Conversation

Using this technology you could have the sensations of climbing Mt Everest, enjoying great sex with a good looking partner or visiting the Taj Mahal.

The philosopher Robert Nozick used the idea of an “experience machine” to refute the view that good experiences are all we want from life.

Xap 4dHe thought that most of us would choose not to hook ourselves up to the machine.

He assumed that we prefer reality.

“But why?” he…

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