Taking the red pill: science, philosophy and religion in The Matrix

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BenBella Books, 2003 - Performing Arts - 277 pages
** COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED ** This thought-provoking examination of The Matrix explores the technological challenges, religious symbolism, and philosophical dilemmas the film presents. Essays by renowned scientists, technologists, philosophers, scholars, social commentators, and science fiction authors provide engaging and provocative perspectives. Explored in a highly accessible fashion are issues such as the future of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The symbolism hidden throughout The Matrix and a few glitches in the film are revealed. Discussions include “Finding God in The Matrix,” “The Reality Paradox in The Matrix,” and “Was Cypher Right?: Why We Stay in Our Matrix.” The fascinating issues posed by the film are handled in an intelligent but nonacademic fashion.

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mmmm..a tattoo would be nice: my polynesian grandmothers head/face (characterised as the 'face' of the Oracle) with the mantra (text) 'Nature & Truth' (inserted to the left of her head) and the message thus: 'Don't think You Can; Know You Can' (inserted; like a bubble burst/discovery from the creator's lips) as a sign of the 'Penetrating' assignment of how 'coming to the truth is a transformation of soul that is much a discovery of self-that one has a soul, and that soul has a certain nature-as discovery of what is real. Only through transformation can we attribute meaningfulness to our lives. That meaningfullness, howwever, is assigned through our being free to make choices in the face of 'Nature & Truth'. (Boetke, P. J. pp. 171-172. 2003).
My personal choice is the red pill; to evoke my experiential state of being the individual firstly; do you think you can? I know I can; I've been shown the door and walked throught it; yes my experiential tells me that these essays are what has informed my experiential; don't blame me I'm just the messenger; I can only show you the door; your the one who has to walk through it..any time your ready..if you've got a free moment



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Glenn Yeffeth is a writer, editor, and columnist. He is the editor of a biography of Joss Whedon and a nonfiction anthology of essays about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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