In Response to Daniel Dennett's "Where Am I?"

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Upon viewing his brain inside the vat, he wonders why his thoughts seem to be originating from his body, although, he explains, "being a physicalist?I believed unswervingly that the tokening of my thoughts was occurring somewhere in my brain" (Reason and Responsibility, 13th edition, 380). Thus, he wonders why he believes that he is staring at his own brain instead of believing that he is "suspended in a bubbling fluid, being stared at by his own eyes" (ibid, 379)...
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Thus, he wonders why he believes that he is staring at his own brain instead of believing that he is "suspended in a bubbling fluid, being stared at by his own eyes" (ibid, 379). In order to shed some light on the issue, Dennett believes that it is necessary to start "naming things" (ibid, 380). He writes: "?Yorick," I said aloud to my brain, ?you are my brain...
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