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The Experience Machine and the Crisis of the Real

The General Eclectic with Rod Dreher #36

Rod and Kale talk about Robert Nozick’s Experience Machine thought experiment. A longtime teacher tweeted out her shock that after years of teaching this to the class, a majority of her students decided that they would prefer the simulacrum to the real thing—they would prefer the pleasant lie to the painful truth. They hash out what this could mean from a cultural standpoint and the long-term effects of the lost Wisdom culture.

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