Introduction To Philosophy Quiz

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Introduction To Philosophy Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to the brain-in-a-vat scenario, the computer hooked up to the brain in the vat has to receive outputs from the brain.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Daniel Dennett in Consciousness Explained argues that a computer could not keep up with the computations involved in allowing you to explore the world that it was faking.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Even if the brain-in-a-vat scenario is impossible, you could still be a brain in a vat that thinks it is possible.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    In The Matrix, people's brains are not removed from their bodies.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    If Descartes' evil demon can manipulate my beliefs -- can make me believe things -- then it can make me think I am experiencing external objects when I am not.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    According to idealism, on occasions when you think you are ordinarily seeing a tree, you are experiencing a pattern of colors in your mind, not a tree.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    An idealist still thinks physical objects exist, but believes that we experience them indirectly by way of ideas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Color-blindness is sometimes caused by a problem in the brain, not the eyes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Rachels portrays circumstances in which he thinks it would be reasonable for you to believe that until recently you had been a brain in a vat for many years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Descartes denied that an evil demon could make me believe I am thinking that 2 + 3 = 5, when I am not.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Descartes claimed that a non-existent being could still be perfect if it was God.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Descartes said that God would not deceive us as to whether we are experiencing physical objects.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The direct realist claims that when I think I see a tree, that is always an illusion.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Direct realism says that seeing a tree is "simple".  One option for what "simple" means is "transparent", and transparent means:
    • A. 

      I can't see through the tree; it is opaque

    • B. 

      My brain determines how the tree looks to me.

    • C. 

      Only the tree dictates the character of my experience of it

  • 15. 
    Direct realism says that a tree is "simple".  One option for what "simple" means is "involvement", and that means:
    • A. 

      We don't notice a tree unless we get involved in our experience

    • B. 

      My experience could not occur if the tree were not present

    • C. 

      I don't see the tree; I see only a representation of it.

  • 16. 
    Indirect Realism holds that in perception I am immediately aware of something mental, not something physical.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Immanuel Kant said that the perceiving mind is not a passive recorder of external reality.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Psychologist Steven Pinker informs us that the brain makes the assumption that:
    • A. 

      An object that is retinally smaller must be in front of an object that is retinally larger. 

    • B. 

      A copper-colored rectangle must be the side of a penny

    • C. 

      If dots on a balloon get increasingly closer, the balloon is getting closer too

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    80% of the fibers going to the brain's vision center come from the subject's two retinas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    According to the "commonsense view" of perception:
    • A. 

      It is impossible to have an experience of a cricket-like sound unless a cricket is making the sound you are hearing.

    • B. 

      When you stop observing a rabbit on your lawn, the rabbit remains where it was for up to an hour.

    • C. 

      By way of our sense organs, external things cause us to have beliefs that are fairly accurate.

    • D. 

      If I have a false belief, that is always the result of a faulty sense organ.

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