The Philosophers DAO is very glad of launching this artistic bounty. Philosophy is full of thought experiments, that are deeply important to argue for or against a certain thesis. We want to see NEAR community to express its creativity by creating art from philosophical thought experiments and thus learn a little bit about these experiments. This one tells us about philosophy of mind and epistemology. Let the philosophical thought experiment be your inspiration, and bring us your art!
We will give 100 usd in NEAR (according to conversion rate used for NEAR to pay the DAO), for the 4 best pieces of art. The pieces of art must not be minted, must be completely original (no copyright problem), because they are going to be minted by us, with the due credits, in our Mintbase store and with royalties and revenue splitted equally between the artist and The Philosophers DAO. In case the piece of art is not an image or gif, it must come with a cover image. We accept as pieces of art: images, including memes, gifs, GAN, videos, poetry, 3d objects; and they should express in a very creative way the following thought experiment:
The goal is to bring the academy more close to people and we think that art is the way for that. With that in mind, we want to produce a bounty in which the NEAR community can express its creativity by creating art from philosophical thought experiments.
Thought experiment: Mary’s room
The Mary’s room is a famous philosophical thought experiment proposed by Frank Jackson in 1982. The experiment describes Mary, as a scientist who lives in a black and white world where she has extensive access to physical descriptions of color, but no actual human perceptual experience of color. The central question of the thought experiment is whether Mary will obtain new knowledge when she goes outside the black and white world and experiences seeing in color.
The thought experiment was originally proposed as follows:
Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. She specializes in the neurophysiology of vision and acquires, let us suppose, all the physical information there is to obtain about what goes on when we see ripe tomatoes, or the sky, and use terms like “red”, “blue”, and so on. She discovers, for example, just which wavelength combinations from the sky stimulate the retina, and exactly how this produces via the central nervous system the contraction of the vocal cords and expulsion of air from the lungs that results in the uttering of the sentence “The sky is blue”.
The big questions are: what will happen when Mary is released from her black and white room or is given a color television monitor? Will she learn anything or not?
Consultant: Jackson, Frank (1982). “Epiphenomenal Qualia”. Philosophical Quarterly. 32 (127): 127–136.
We will close this bounty August 30th, 2022, when The Philosophers DAO is going to choose the 4 best pieces of art.
Please, submit your art here, as a comment, together with your name, NEAR wallet, title of the work, and description of the piece.
Thank you all for participating.
Let’s bring philosophy to the blockchain through art!
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