Some thoughts on Extremis that I wanted to share. (This is for the more conscious and open-minded among us.)
The episode was very well written. Steven may have taken a jab at organized religion but he did not discount or belittle faith. In fact, he took it a step further to show how each and every one of us has a belief system. What is the one thing scientists and priests fear? Truths that challenge their beliefs about the world.
In Extremis, Steven created a ‘brain-in-the-vat’ scenario. Picture yourself as a brain, simply floating in a vat and connected to a simulator of some sort. Every single thing you think and feel will be real to you, except you cannot know you are in a vat. In this case, truth is limited because you cannot possibly know what you don’t know.
There are two outcomes: (1) You have a belief there is nothing else beyond the realm of the truth that you know. (2) You have a belief that there is more. There is something beyond the realm of your known truth.
What I appreciate about this episode is Steven’s message. Be like the Doctor. Examine what you believe. A healthy amount of skepticism and doubt in your belief system might be more rewarding to you than you think. In the words of Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”