[lit-ideas] Re: Descartes's Demon and Geary's Demon

  • From: "Eric Yost" <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:07:05 -0400

>> recall Geary's seminal analysis of the Matrix as an example of a
brave new world created by his techno demon

Worst of all is the false victory achieved at film's end, where Neo
manages to become a virtuoso of the illusion. On the other hand, I think
Descartes' conclusion--that God would not allow the deception by such a
demon--has more weight than commonly allowed. The universe must be
intelligible, God or not, since even the means to doubt intelligibility
is rooted in that intelligibility.

All this to recommend Thomas Nagel's _Mind and Cosmos_.


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