Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and the Religion in the Matrix

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Glenn Yeffeth
BenBella Books, Inc., Mar 11, 2003 - Performing Arts - 280 pages
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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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Contents

CONTENTS
1
WAS CYPHER RIGHT? PART
23
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
45
THE REALITY PARADOX IN THE MATRIX
59
PARADIGM OF POSTMODERNISM
85
GLITCHES IN THE MATRIX
103
BUDDHISM MYTHOLOGY AND THE MATRIX
125
HUMAN FREEDOM AND THE RED PILL
145
FINDING GOD IN THE MATRIX
159
WHY THE FUTURE DOESNT NEED US
199
ARE WE LIVING IN THE MATRIX?
233
THE MATRIX GLOSSARY
243
CONTRIBUTORS
257
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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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