Just imagine you had a terrible accident. Your body had decayed and only your brain was left intact. It was separated from the body and was placed in a vat. It is connected to electricity so the neurotransmitter can still move on. Your brain keeps going. It emits brain waves and creates a vision of its body. Your brain imagines it has a family, your brain imagines growing up. Look at your hands: can you prove these are yours? Look around a place you are in: can you tell for sure it’s more than a vision created by your brain? How about memories? What makes them? Are they unique or do they remind memories of other people? Are you certain about the uniqueness of your memories? Do people you remember really exist or are they a creation of millions of neurons?
What if there are more electrified brains like you. Why would these beings have had different memories? Is it more economically efficient to make these beings think the same way, isn’t it? Does it pay of to let a brain creating uninfluenced feelings?
LindaRL (born 1995) student of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, founder of PM school. In her works she looks for tangent points between arts and science. She lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.