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Compare and Contrast The Matrix with the readings from Plato and Descartes. What are some similarities and differences?

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Williestine Harriel
Liberty University online
September 24, 2012

Compare and Contrast The Matrix with the readings from Plato and Descartes. What are some similarities and differences?

After reading The Matrix, and reading from Plato and Descartes, I find that there are some similarities and differences. Therefore, let’s begin with The Matrix and Plato, The Allegory of the Cave. The Matrix and Plato have the same similarities because they both tell of characters being in a world that what they was experiencing is an illusion or some kind of dream. Also, they were being deceived by what they saw, or by sight of the world that they thought they were living in. However, in contrast, this seems to be in my opinion, that Plato’s The Allegory of the cave and The Matrix shows they had justified reasons or evidence to support their beliefs. Nevertheless, the Bible says, “it is our duty to be responsible of what is false or what is true reality.” In other words, except the truth or we will be held accountable for it. For this reason, Plato states,“it was justified that the chained man in The Allegory of the cave to escape from bondage to seek true reality.” Fortunately, “he looked back and saw that his sight had deceived him.” Then, “he realized that what he saw was not true.” It was all false as well as true belief, according to some of the characteristics of the noetic structures, until he sees the sun for the first time. Furthermore, he learns to adjust to the sunlight, and he recognized the difference with certainty, firmness, and conviction. After that,Plato states, “he goes back to get others and teach the others of the real world and how to adjust to it.” Although, some of them wanted to go back to live in darkness. Likewise, there are some people in...
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