April 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm #1228
Respond to any/all of the following quotations from The Matrixs. You can connect them to course readings, keyterms, course themes, etc.:
(1) Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
(2) Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?
(3) Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.
May 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm #1239
No, real is what you make of it. For all the people in the Matrix, that is real for them. Real is whatever you brain makes of it. If Neo never would have discovered the matrix and be liberated by Morpheus, he would have never known the Matrix is fake. This movie is a modern version of the Allegory of the Cave. While being chained in the cave, they never questioned reality, because they simply did not know any better. Only after being freed and experiencing the real world, the prisoner realized his old reality was fake.
The eye quote shows that our brain determines what we see. People in the Matrix do not need to see. Their brains, that is controlled, determines what they see.
May 13, 2017 at 3:03 am #1297
I like Joachim’s comparison of the Matrix to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Real could simply be electrical signals interpreted by our brains. Like the prisoners in the cave, the shadows on the wall and the sounds of the people passing by are the only reality they know. The shadows and sounds are the only things that have been interpreted in their minds. This IS their reality. They have no other reality. So does this mean that reality is whatever our brain knows and has been exposed to? This means that reality is not the same for everyone.
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