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8.8 After-class discussion2020-08-08

Reflect on one of the themes that we discussed. (around 250 words)
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  • 袁雨欣 Nicole
    These days of study made me have great cognitive differences. I began to understand that the meaning of each noun has different cultural connotations rather than simple generalizations. Just as alienation, experience, pleasure and so on. About the topic of Experience Machine, I want to add some opinions of plugging. Which is more important about processes or resultes in a person's life. Choosing the life of ordinary people is nothing more than growing up, getting married having children and being older. A simple and happy life without any difficulties and tribulations is a complete easy choice. And then we learn about pleasure can be divided into high pleasure and low pleasure. The alienation in art is very interesting, like the novel The Picture of Darlin Grey, for example, through the change of the portrait, has highlighted the change of the human nature, good and evil. Its hidden meaning is under the color, line and shadow of the portrait. That is the meaning We should analysis. People's perception of literature can be deepened step by step. But whether a literary work will determine whether it is high-order reading or low-order reading through popular orientation?
    2020-08-09
  • 胡博元同学
    The thought experiment of Nozick’s experience machine has made me examine the difference between “our lives as a whole” and “all the experience we get from our brains in our lifetime”. Comparing them closely, I have found it extremely hard to differentiate either one from another. From Hedonism to Utilitarianism, some philosophers argue that the direct purpose of everything I do should be to generate pleasure, and that pleasure can be classified into two categories——higher and lower, where “higher” means employing mental or physical faculties. Usually, we see the “higher pleasure” as something only real-life persons can achieve, and we kind of take pride in it. But in fact, the experience machine can indeed create a fake experience of us employing mental or physical faculties, hence letting us EXPERIENCE higher pleasure. This concept really troubled me, for I have lost a strong reason for me not to plug into the experience machine. But eventually, we found the ultimate reason of not plugging the experience machine——it turned out that experience isn’t everything. In the experience machine, we become totally useless to the world in reality. We don’t just want the feeling of contributing to the world, of loving and being loved, of having a sense of belonging… We want the whole thing. And that, I can finally say, is why plugging into an experience machine is unacceptable to me.  
    2020-08-09
 

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