What would be left of your life after it has been stripped of all experiences? Just your physical body, the ground you’re standing on, and the duration for which you have been existing is a plausible hypothesis. Our hearts would beat, our eyes would blink, and our neurons will fire but a ginormous component of life seems to be missing from this scenario. Life and experiences are definitely related and it seems relatively easy to accept that a life void of experiences cannot be considered a life that has satisfied anybody’s well-being. However, that does not necessarily mean that experiences are intrinsically good for an individual as Experientialism proposes....
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... declare that they are not well-off plugging into the machine. (If one is mentally unaware of the deception, the deception cannot affect their mental states).
Though plugging into the Experience Machine may not bestow a good life for an individual, it does not decrease their welfare because the deception cannot be considered to have an intrinsic effect and that is the sole thing welfare must be altered by. Hence, genuine connections to reality that are lacking in the Experience Machine are not intrinsic desires affecting an individual’s welfare and objections to Experientialism have been effectively addressed and rebuked.
Kagan, Shelly. "Me and My Life." Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. 94. (1994): 309-324. Web. 7 Feb. 2014.
Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Basis Books, 1974. 118-119. Print.
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