The main idea of the film is that Verbal is conning the police into believing a story which is in part, if not wholly untrue. So this leads quite happily onto Descartes' idea of an omniscient deceiver, who is making me think things which are not true. It is this that I decided to write my philosophy essay about, using the question 'Could we all be being manipulated by an evil genius?' as my starting point. The difficulty is that the only answer I can give is 'well, yes actually', and other than explaining why, bascially meaning a re-iteration of Descartes theory, I don't have much else to say. This is supposed to be a 2500 word essay, and I most definitely don't have 2500 words to say on the subject. How many words can it take to say 'Ummm... yes.'? There aren't any decent arguments that I can come up with, or find anywhere that argues against it, so I can't even debate with anyone about it in the essay.
So, what I am asking from you is that you offer me a reason why we might not be being deceived about everything. Help me, please!