Me: "I don't know. It's possible, how could we find out?"
R: "Maybe somebody is playing with us." (He's holding a Ken doll.)
M: "That's possible too, but how could we test this?"
R: "Well we wouldn't know because we could only see what we see and not the person controlling us. Well we see a roof so there isn't anybody big controlling us. But to me, we see the roofs but I don't think they are really there. Some humans think they are being played with. "
M: "Let me ask you this, do you think you control the things that you do, or do you think someone else gets to choose what decisions you make?"
R: "Sometimes when I play with my toys, I make them do the sorts of things I would do."
M: "If your toys look back though, they will see it's you controlling them, won't they?"
R: "I pretend they are alive."
M: "Right, so you are pretending but your toys aren't really alive. Since we are alive, doesn't that make us in control of ourselves?"
R: "What if we are robots and someone is controlling us?"
M: "Well we can test that. If someone gets hurt and dies, we can cut them open and see they are humans with no robot parts."
R: "Well, I am an android!"
M: "O.k. so how would we know if someone was reading us?"
R: "Hmm, you are probably right."
M: "Right about what?"
R: "We can talk about all this stuff later."
M: "O.k. but you need to think about these questions and try to find your own answers. That's what science is about, testing a hypothesis and seeing what answers come from that. Don't believe anything that anyone tells you even if they are bigger, older, or even your mom. Find your own answers."
R: "O.k. "