The Matrix and Philosophy
Have you ever felt like the life you are living right now is not real? You do not know what is real and what is not real? You doubt your very existence. These were main problems for Neo, the main character of the movie “The Matrix”. Neo thought he was living a normal life, but he felt like something was wrong, he did not know what it was, could not explain it, but something was wrong. Later on Neo learns the truth from a man named Morpheus; he found out that what he thought was real was actually not real at all, it was all a computer program. The life he lived was all a lie because of his perception blocking out reality. “The Matrix” can be compared to ontology, the study of being or what is, “The Matrix” relates to both dualism, both body and mind are affected, and finally it relates to the brain in a vat and the “evil genius” ruining his view of life.
Parmenides was a philosopher who believed that all reality is one, it is not a plurality, and reality is being. He came up with “Ontology” or in Greek “Ontos”, ontology is the study of being or “what is”. Ontology has two parts to it one, what is, is and two, what is not is not, which is not being. The universe consists of one thing, it never changes, it has no parts, and it can never be destroyed, all this being one. Ontology is metaphysics. “Physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that underlie macroscopic reality; metaphysics is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality. A metaphysical hypothesis might make a claim about the reality that underlies physics itself. Alternatively it might say something about the nature of our minds, or the creation of our world”-John J. Chalmers. But then comes an “evil genius” who comes and tries and confuse you about what is and what is not.
Rene Descartes was born in 1596 and died in 1650, he was known as the father of modern philosophy. He believed that nature had two distinct properties, dualism...
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