Armchair Gaming 19: Dualism, Descartes and Perception

    Welcome to another episode of Armchair Gaming. The goal for this show is simple: I want to help you learn more about philosophy, and I’ll be using video games as an instrument to help teach it.

    Today, while playing the PvP side of Fortnite (Battle Royale), we’ll be taking a look at the nature of nature. When we talk about the metaphysical nature of reality, what is it we’re talking about? When I identify myself, is it me the body, or is it me something else? What is a human?

    As we continue to observe my mediocre skills at Battle Royale style games, we’ll answer some of the above questions as well as explore different views on humanity in consciousness; most famously Cogito Ergo Sum or Thought Therefore Existence. We will also briefly touch on the Yoga principle of Perusha, mind and nature, as we explore humans as more than a duality. We will also set ourselves up to explore the problem of language, as framed through the problem of human identity.

    About Armchair Gaming

    I had the chance to explore philosophy in high school and I loved it so much that I went on to study it at Trent University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in philosophy. I feel so strongly about the subject that I often find myself going through the books I had purchased over my university career, as well as adding to the collection regularly.

    Philosophy is an amazingly exciting subject that can teach us not just what to think, but how to think. Unfortunately, a lot of people see philosophy as some intimidating monster, with difficult concepts and theories to grasp. Conversely, some see it as a waste of someone’s time and intellect. As someone who has dedicated their life to the subject, this Scholarly Gamer wants to bring philosophy to you in a way that is approachable, sometimes funny, and presented through a medium of great importance to himself and millions of other people around the world: Games.

    I hope you’ll join us on this journey. And remember, you never go a day in your life without living some philosophy.

    Sheldon Goodridge
    Sheldon was Born and raised in Canada's Capital City, Ottawa, where he came to love 4 things... Metal, Hockey, Knitting and Gaming. Sheldon has a B.A in philosophy from Trent University, and uses his critical analysis and knowledge from his 4 years accidentally ruining everything for everyone. In his limited spare time, He generally tries to be an upstanding Canadian Citizen


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