I’ve been noticeably absent from this blog primarily due to efforts placed elsewhere. That place, namely, was my thesis and several papers I managed to draw out of said thesis.
I’m happy – no, ecstatic! – to report that one of those papers was accepted for publication in Utilitas. The paper, entitled, ‘Experience Machines, Conflicting Intuitions, and the Bipartite Characterization of Well-being’, is about a series of experimental surveys that show when people are given the choice between living in reality and living in an experience machine (e.g., the matrix), opinions are divided. This division of intuitions, some argue, show that the original experience machine thought experiment by Robert Nozick, shows us nothing substantive about well-being. I suggested that the conflicting intuitions was due to mental calculations about the prudential welfare pay-offs and trade-offs of given scenarios.
Hopefully I’ll have all my PhD applications done within a week or so and I can spend a little more time getting back to finishing off some of the mini-projects I had started on this blog.