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Who cares whether we are in the matrix or not?

  1. May 22, 2003 #1
    The movie matrix makes some interesting points.

    Suppose that we were in the matrix at the moment. Would you care? It seems that the central point of the movie is to emphasize a moral point (then again, maybe not). What is the point of taking the red pill; the pill that helps you to understand that the matrix exists? Actually the moral theme may be more interesting than I thought. Nevertheless, one can give the opinion that one will never "know" one way or another, whether one has been enlightened of the matrix, one will still have to ponder whether one is still in another matrix; I don't think that there is any valid, moral justification on why one should questioning our existence in a matrix; then again it might be somewhat symbolic of a search for an afterlife.

    The moral dilema is somewhat interesting and it illustrates a very interesting aspect of human nature. The moral dilema I am speaking of is that of, "if you found that you were inside a matrix controlled by robots, nevertheless, you would have had a normal life in not pursuing the issue further; would you still have pursued the matter?" The largest of the moral complication would be in taking into consideration what the robots do with babies; use them as fuel. Nevertheless, the babies supposedly don't feel a thing. Assuming that nobody else knew what decision I was about to make (as in the case of neo) I would choose not to pursue in discovering the matrix. On the issue of freedom: we are already bound by many "internal" chains. Nevertheless, one would have to be cognizant on the knowledge of the matrix for the rest of one's life (that is if one had to). This might serve to make one more neurotic, depending on what kind of person you are. The issue would be a personal issue of morality. But the question is "would it be wrong if one would not pursue the matter in destroying the work of the robots?" On a personal note, I would only think that ignoring the issue would be the right thing to do if the only reality that existed was the matrix and outside of the matrix as it is in the movie. If God was in the picture, I would reconsider. Religious themes have this connotation of "finding something greater" and this greater thing supposedly being our purpose in all intuitive sense. The difference between the matrix and outside the matrix does not seem to differ so much as to instill a moral theme of purpose.
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  3. May 23, 2003 #2
    Actually, several physical theories postulate such ideas. One way to think about it is in terms of two universes interacting. String theory proposes such an idea as a way to explain the action-at-a-distance of the forces. As occured in the movie, once we have an awareness and acceptance of the situation we can possibly learn how to manipulate the forces of nature in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

    As for morality, I haven't seen the new movie but the old one does not promote any morality. The lead character, Neo, is a rather amoral anarchistic character who sells software illegally and is dissatisfied with normal life. The real plot of the movie revolves around the question of free will vs determinism, reality vs illusion, and acceptance vs common sense.

    Essentially, it is a action thriller with the classic Cinderella plot Hollywood loves so much for its happy endings.
  4. May 23, 2003 #3
    Does it matter if we are in matrix or in superfield or in 26 dimensions or in oscillating back and forth multiple universes?

    Reality (measured values) is still the same.
  5. May 23, 2003 #4


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    Nope, you missed it. The central point of the
    movie is to earn its makers a s**tload of money.

    Live long and prosper.
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