We have spoken of androids and the creation of a creature like ourselves.
How would we tell the fake from the real is the question put to us in the Bladerunner scenes we saw. How on earth would we be able to identify the copy? And in what sense would it actually be ”fake”, if so closely resembling us that we need a scientific test to identify it?
French philosopher Jean Baudrillard writes about the fake in our time in one of his books using terms like simulacrum, simulation, and hyperreality. The term ”fake” has come back again recently in the shape of ”fake news”. What is the difference between fake news and real news? Can we distinguish the two?
We also talked about the nature of ”truth” and ”reality” when we read about Plato’s cave and we talked about the Matrix and virtual reality.
Are we stuck in a world of images, symbols and messages? Can we actually get in touch with the phenomena of the world without looking at them through the lens of the fictional?
Give me your five cents on what’s fake and real in your life.