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Philosophy & the Matrix
In order to complete this assignment I had to watch The Matrix for the first time. I do not know why I’ve never seen this movie, but I was blown away. Easily one of the most intriguing and questioning movies I’ve seen in a while. In fact it was the first movie I watched a second time over since Shrek came out. The Matrix was a raging success when it debuted in 1999 for its ability to capture the audience in terms of grabbing their minds to focus on ideas and concepts about life and reality. This is what drove me to watch it a second time. Philosophical theories and principles are portrayed throughout the entire movie. The movie raises the most universal questions that all humans catch themselves asking such as, “What is reality?” “What is the truth” etc. I believe it was for this reason that the movie was such a success, because the movie appealed to the audience on a different level then most movies does. It captures your imagination and forces you to think about things with a different perspective. It almost takes off the blindfold in a sense and opens up the viewer’s brain to accepting a new concept about life and reality.
When the film begins we meet two main characters, Trinity and Neo. Trinity exemplifies brilliant fighting tactics and gravity defying moves that seem super human. Trinity was being chased by agents who are unsuccessful in trying to capture her and focus on their next...

...PHILOSOPHYPhilosophy is divided into many sub-fields. These include epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.
Epistemology is concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge, such as the relationships between truth, belief, and theories of justification.
Logic is the study of the principles of correct reasoning.
Metaphysics is the study of the most general features of reality, such as existence, time, the relationship between mind and body, objects and their properties, wholes and their parts, events, processes, and causation.
Ethics, or "moral philosophy," is concerned primarily with the question of the best way to live, and secondarily, concerning the question of whether this question can be answered.
Aesthetics deals with beauty, art, enjoyment, sensory-emotional values, perception, and matters of taste and sentiment.
Definition:
-- The term philosophy itself comes from the Greek philosophia, which means love of wisdom.
--The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.
--The critical study of the basic principles and concepts of a particular branch of knowledge.
Meaning:
--The rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
Significance:
For us to avoid being fooled by those learned person, it removes or takes away doubts, it turns life to be simple and flexible...

...In mathematics, a matrix (plural matrices) is a rectangular array of numbers, symbols, or expressions, arranged in rows and columns.[1][2] The individual items in a matrix are called its elements or entries. An example of a matrix with 2 rows and 3 columns is
Matrices of the same size can be added or subtracted element by element. But the rule for matrix multiplication is that two matrices can be multiplied only when the number of columns in the first equals the number of rows in the second. A major application of matrices is to represent linear transformations, that is, generalizations of linear functions such as f(x) = 4x. For example, the rotation of vectors in three dimensional space is a linear transformation. If R is a rotation matrix and v is a column vector (a matrix with only one column) describing the position of a point in space, the product Rv is a column vector describing the position of that point after a rotation. The product of two matrices is a matrix that represents the composition of two linear transformations. Another application of matrices is in the solution of a system of linear equations. If the matrix is square, it is possible to deduce some of its properties by computing its determinant. For example, a square matrix has an inverse if and only if its determinant is not zero. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors provide insight...

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After obtaining knowledge from the Matrix, Plato's Allegory of the Cave or The Republic and the first Mediation from Descartes, I see that there are a few likenesses and contrasts. I would need to say that The Matrix and Plato's hole purposeful tale were more comparable because the individuals included in both stories, they existed in this present reality where they were being cheated about what the fact of the matter was. In the Matrix, once Neo saw this present reality and that all that he thought was true was really a hallucination, is very much alike to the shadows on the dividers of the surrender that the prisoners saw in Plato's Allegory of the hole. In both stories, both characters could encounter reality as well as the phony world and was given opportunity to see reality and were confounded. Nonetheless, the detainee in Plato's story in the wake of picking up this new information let others in servitude know of his recently discovered learning however felt that the first truth was less demanding to with the exception to. Then again Neo in The Matrix chose he needed to realize what the right truth was. Both characters were intrigued by figure out reality however they recognized reality in an unexpected way. Plato thought it was fundamental for the affixed man in the Allegory of the Cave required to escape from the hole to look for reality. Socrates portrays a gathering of individuals who have lived...

...FIELD
DEFINITION
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS
SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT
KEY CONTRIBUTORS
PRINCIPAL ISSUES
Epistemology
the theory of knowledge, is the branch of philosophy concerned with these questions a. Schools of thought and historical development
1) Skeptics
a) Ancient
(1) Pyrrho of Elis
(2) Sextus Empiricus
b) Medieval
(1) St. Augustine
2) Rationalists
a) Ancient
(1) Plato
b) Medieval
(1) St. Anselm
(2) St. Augustine
c) Modern
(1) Descartes
(2) Leibniz
(3) Spinoza
3) Empiricists
a) Ancient
(1) Aristotle
b) Medieval
(1) St. Thomas Aquinas
c) Modern
(1) Locke
(2) Berkeley
(3) Hume
4) Kant and post-Kantian thinkers (Modern)
a) Immanuel Kant
b) Hegel
5) Pragmatism (contemporary-20th Century)
a) Pierce
b) James
c) Dewey
Skepticism- method of achieving certainty
Empiricism- that is, there is nothing in the intellect that was not first in the senses.
Rationalism- holds that the intellect contains important truths that were not placed there by sensory experience. “Something never comes from
nothing,”
Aristotle (384–322 b.c.e.)
John Locke (1632–1704)
Plato (427-357 BC)
David Hume (1711-1776)
Kant (1724-1804)
George Berkeley (1685-1753)
Skepticism is a method knowledge
a. Principle issues of epistemology
1) The nature of knowledge
a) Justified belief
b) True belief
2) Sources of knowledge
a) Reason
b) Sense experience
3) The nature of truth
a) Correspondence theories
b) Coherence theories...

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Plato, Descartes, and The Matrix
Anthony Albizu
Phil 201
Liberty University
Coming to the realization that your entire life is all an illusion would be frightening, painful, and hard to believe. This is the main concept of the movie, The Matrix. The main character, Neo, is told that the world he has been living in is nothing more than a simulation controlled by a computer program. After being told this information, Neo, being apprehensive at first, has to then decide what he will do; accept it and help expose it or dismiss it and go on living an illusion. One can’t help but notice the similarities between the story of The Matrix and the classic writings of ancient philosophers Rene Descartes and Plato.
Plato’s writing “The Allegory of the Cave” has undeniable similarities to the ideas of The Matrix. The prisoners of the cave in Plato’s writing live in seclusion their whole lives and are not permitted to see anything other than the shadows on the cave wall. The shadows on the wall are what the prisoners perceive as their reality. Likewise, in The Matrix the world is being controlled by a computer program and the world they perceive as real is whatever the computer gives them. Therefore, the people living in The Matrix are prisoners of their version of the “cave”. Another comparison between “Allegory of the Cave” and The Matrix is the idea of what...

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Arduino 56x8 scrolling LED Matrix
Scrolls any message on up to seven (or more?) 8x8 LED matrices.
Adjust the bitmap array below to however many matrices you want to use.
You can start with as few as two.
The circuit:
* 1 8-bit shift register (SN74HC595) to drive the rows of all displays.
* N power 8-bit shift registers (TPIC6C595) to drive the columns (1 chip per display)
* N 8x8 LED matrix display (rows=Anodes, cold=cathodes)
* N * 8 470ohm resistors, one for each column of each display
* 1 10K resistor
* A big breadboard, or several small ones
* Lots and lots of wires. AT LEAST 16 wires for each display.
* If you plan on driving more than 8 displays, you should add 8 transistors to drive the rows because
potentially you would be lighting up the whole row at one time (56 LEDs at once in my case, 8*n in your case)
Wiring tips:
* Key to success is to put the chips on the left and/or right of the matrix rather than above or below.
This would allow you to run wires above and below the matrix without covering any of them.
* I used several power bus breadboard strips above and below the matrix so all row wires never has to cross the matrix.
* Wire up each matrix one at a time, turning on the Ardunio to verify your work before proceeding to the next matrix.
Correcting your work after you have 32 wires over it is very difficult.
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...above, we see that: 5000(0.3) + 10, 000(0.8) = The number of people who don’t ride the bus next year. = b2 This system of equations is equivalent to the matrix equation: M x = b where 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.8 5000 10, 000 b1 b2
M= 5500
,x =
and b =
. For computing the result after 2 years, we just use the same matrix M , however we use b 9500 in place of x. Thus the distribution after 2 years is M b = M 2 x. In fact, after n years, the distribution is given by M n x. The forgoing example is an example of a Markov process. Now for some formal deﬁnitions: Deﬁnition 1. A stochastic process is a sequence of events in which the outcome at any stage depends on some probability. Deﬁnition 2. A Markov process is a stochastic process with the following properties: (a.) The number of possible outcomes or states is ﬁnite. (b.) The outcome at any stage depends only on the outcome of the previous stage. (c.) The probabilities are constant over time. If x0 is a vector which represents the initial state of a system, then there is a matrix M such that the state of the system after one iteration is given by the vector M x0 . Thus we get a chain of state vectors: x0 , M x0 , M 2 x0 , . . . where the state of the system after n iterations is given by M n x0 . Such a chain is called a Markov chain and the matrix M is called a transition matrix. The state vectors can be of one of two types: an absolute vector or a...