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Can I know that I am not dreaming?
In his Meditations Descartes posits that everything I am experiencing could be a dream. Often, I think I am awake when I am actually dreaming. It does not seem altogether implausible to imagine that, at this very moment, I might suddenly wake up.
This is the second of Descartes' three arguments against the reliability of the senses: the first being the propensity for our eyes, ears and noses to identify x as y and the third being the possibility of our being the butt of an evil deity's cruel trick.
Several solutions have been offered to this sceptical argument—Descartes himself offers his own solution—but most ask us to believe in something less familiar than dreaming. In the video above I reflect on a seemingly plausible solution.