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Another more radical brain-in-a-vat hypothesis that is left unscathed by semantic externalism is that I am a brain in a vat whose experiences are randomly caused by a supercomputer: there are no systematic causal connections, for example, between the computer program features and my recurring ˜treeish™ experiences.
Perhaps the content is something like this: the program feature that causes ˜treeish™ experience is associated with a program feature that causes experiences that are qualitatively indistinguishable from normal experiences that represent objects as being green.
One was blond, one dark-haired; the blond had a slightly receding chin that gave his face a meek look from the nose down; the dark one had once had a bad skin problem and his neck was treeish, giving him an air of stupidity, as if a face had been pasted on the front of the neck with no room for a head at all.
There is no theme, so any treeish blog post, podcast, photo, poem, video, or other digital contribution is welcome.
˜treeish™ experiences play a causal role vis a vis the BIV's uses of ˜tree™ that is analogous to the causal role played by trees vis a vis a normal human's uses of
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