Or are we part of a very complex computer simulation?

This is a question that Grade 7/8 English are considering at the moment as we delve in the esoteric world of philosophical debate. The class watched a number of video clips on topics such as Plato’s Cave allegory, where the boundary lies between dreams and reality and the idea that we are all existing inside an alien super computer program.

Most of the students assured me we are all real and that such frivolous ideas were obviously absurd; there were a few vaguely furrowed brows by the end of class today though.

Assuming the lesson actually happened at all, of course…