The following cartoon accompanied the print version of A Justification of Empirical Thinking (Philosophy Now). The article got me to thinking about the Matrix film where Neo is asked whether he wanted to take the blue pill (fabricated reality) vs. the red pill (the truth behind the reality). This fork in the road seems loosely based on a classical philosophical problem, that being Hume’s problem of induction, that is, how do we know whether reality is real? Can we trust our experience of our senses? Or, is this all an illusion as we row, row, row our boats, gently down the stream?
“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.“