TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Outer Reaches of Plot Twists - Brain in a Beaker!

By Ruben Bolling

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Published 9:30 am Wed, Mar 21, 2012

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26 Responses to “TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Outer Reaches of Plot Twists - Brain in a Beaker!”

  1. Andy Simmons says:

    Yes, Mr. Bolling, I saw _The 13th Floor_ too.

  2. peggy_Boston says:

    The President’s middle and last names don’t the least bit resemble “George Walker Bush” or “Richard Bruce Cheney”.

  3. Christopher says:

    At least I can be assured that no one would intentionally program a life as boring as mine. 

  4. Paul Weimer says:

    Also, see Ken Macleod’s The Restoration Game

  5. Svenn Diagram says:

    We are all aware that the senses can be deceived, the eyes fooled. But how can we be sure our senses are not being deceived at any particular time, or even all the time? Might I just be a brain in a tank somewhere, tricked all my life into believing in the events of this world by some insane computer? And does my life gain or lose meaning based on my
    reaction to such solipsism?
    Project PYRRHO, Specimen 46, Vat 7
    Activity Recorded M.Y. 2302.22467
    TERMINATION OF SPECIMEN ADVISED(from Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri)

  6. Philalethes says:

    He looks like a grown-up Louis. Hmmm.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Better to be a brain in a beaker than a dick in a box.

  8. bardfinn says:

    “some resulting anomaly in the reality”

    like Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorem?

  9. chris jimson says:

     “What Fox [News] did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality.”  — Charles Krauthammer

    “We are entitled to our own opinions; we are not entitled to our own facts,” — Al Franken

  10. libelle says:

    Where does one get the Brain-in-a-Vat-to-iMac connector cable, though? I couldn’t find one at the Apple Store. Does that prove that I’m in the simulation rather than in the outer reality?

  11. spejic says:

    The pronouncements of Matrix: Reloaded have created an inexorable systemic consequence: the use of elaborate verbiage when describing alternate realities.

    Ergo the use of “resulting anomaly” in this comic.

  12. MattAtDoyle says:

    The Brain-In-A-Beaker appears to be connected to the iMac’s power cable, which would mean… it’s powering the very same computer that’s supplying it’s simulation. Plot twist?

  13. Cowicide says:

    Somebody pass the bong….

  14. Stuart Smith says:

    Surely the real giveaway of being a brain in a jar would be reflected in the computational limitations of such – for example, there would be minimum possible units of things like mass and distance, rather than true continua. Also, you would expect to see imprecise figures when dealing with events that are common but not obvious to the sense, such as an inability to determine accurately both the location and velocity of subatomic particles.

  15. cub says:

    hahahahaha– i don’t get it.