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I read this book sometime in the aughts The subject matter of which occupies much of my daydreaming reveries I spend a lot of time on the Simulation Hypothesis as well as Mathematical Platonism and the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis along with Many Worlds Interpretation, Multiverses, consciousness, etc A lot of literature has developed along the edges of our current cosmic maps where these particular dragons can be found and my mind often goes there. Descartes thisblah, blah, blah,.brain in a vat thatblah, blah, blah Yeah, I get it It is just so incredibly dull Plus the fact that each article is written by a different person often a student leads to a lot of repeated themes and authors trying to sound impressive rather than informative and entertaining.Unlike The Dharma of Star Wars, this book added nothing to the enjoyment of the film. I was scared to read this, assuming I wouldn t remember much from my college days But I m actually doing quite well, and this is pretty interesting My favorite in college was philo of the mind, which is totally what the Matrix is about, and probably why I liked the movie so much.The only thought I ve had worth noting at this point is that I just gone done reading a book discussing the concept of false ignorant happiness Farenheit 451 , and now I m reading about the Matrix, where you have to d I was scared to read this, assuming I wouldn t remember much from my college days But I m actually doing quite well, and this is pretty interesting My favorite in college was philo of the mind, which is totally what the Matrix is about, and probably why I liked the movie so much.The only thought I ve had worth noting at this point is that I just gone done reading a book discussing the concept of false ignorant happiness Farenheit 451 , and now I m reading about the Matrix, where you have to decide if it matters if it s real Like when Cypher is meeting with Angent Smith and eating the huge steak, saying he knows it s not real, etc but doesn t care In F451, many people knew something was missing , but couldn t put their finger on it In the Matrix, except for the people that have been unplugged, no one knows they are missing anything So is that somehow better I don t have any final thoughts on this yet no idea if I will , as I m still reading.So far the most interesting essays to me were 9 and 10 on religion religious principles in the matrix The next one on Happiness has taken me the longest to read, as I ve had to stop and contemplate a few things It was interesting all in all, but I think I ve finally decided I disagree with that view It s a lot easier to read the essays I either agree with or don t have a decided view, but this I just had a hard time following it to the conclusion.I ve skipped a couple essays towards the end that are on topics that are just not grabbing my interest, and I m just working on finishing the last two that I plan to read All in all, I ve really enjoyed this, and plan to after a couple other books dig into my Buffy and Philo book by the same editor.Ok, last update Just finished the last one this morning The essays about topics that are new to me were definately a bit harder for me, I couldn t just blow through them But I learned a lot, and they gave me lots to think about And now, of course, I have to watch the movie again This book discusses the reoccurring philosophical trends and ideas in The Matrix movie topics such as, neo materialism, fate , freewill, and nihilism The idea of nihilism expressed in the matrix pertained to my scientific philosophy on life, and was incredibly interesting to say the least it really makes you think about real life implications of the matrix The movie series The Matrix suggests humans life is without objective meaning as it portrays Earth and it s populous as an artific This book discusses the reoccurring philosophical trends and ideas in The Matrix movie topics such as, neo materialism, fate , freewill, and nihilism The idea of nihilism expressed in the matrix pertained to my scientific philosophy on life, and was incredibly interesting to say the least it really makes you think about real life implications of the matrix The movie series The Matrix suggests humans life is without objective meaning as it portrays Earth and it s populous as an artificial computer program An artificial existence may appear insubstantial and pointless to the viewers which is one of the Nihilistic perspectives The Matrix promotes Specific scenes such as the one between the character Cypher and Agent Smith show how the idea of reality is all relative to one s assumptions and knowledge Something that is artificial lacks meaning of existence Similar to reality, artificiality is all subject to one s own perspective This philosophical book paired with the entertaining movie, could be used in an upper grade course to discuss philosophy and initiate critical thinking in a very intriguing manner An interesting book which ties lines of philosophical reasoning to the highly symbolic Matrix movie I thought that parts of it were quite insightful, but too many of the philosophers used the same 4 scenes of the movie to make their point that it became quite repetitive Trinity bring Neo back to life, the choice of Red or Blue pill, the scene with towers of pod humans energizing batteries for the AI world, and Cypher s betrayal Perhaps different writers could ve analyzed different plot eleme An interesting book which ties lines of philosophical reasoning to the highly symbolic Matrix movie I thought that parts of it were quite insightful, but too many of the philosophers used the same 4 scenes of the movie to make their point that it became quite repetitive Trinity bring Neo back to life, the choice of Red or Blue pill, the scene with towers of pod humans energizing batteries for the AI world, and Cypher s betrayal Perhaps different writers could ve analyzed different plot elements As someone who is a pretty regular reader of the pop culture and philosophy series of books 1 , I have in mind a certain standard of excellence or at least amusement in the series But every series has to start somewhere, and this book is certainly evidence that at the beginning of the series the various authors were not yet fully aware of the sort of writing that would be necessary to both bring at least some honor and glory to themselves as philosophers while simultaneously appealing to a ma As someone who is a pretty regular reader of the pop culture and philosophy series of books 1 , I have in mind a certain standard of excellence or at least amusement in the series But every series has to start somewhere, and this book is certainly evidence that at the beginning of the series the various authors were not yet fully aware of the sort of writing that would be necessary to both bring at least some honor and glory to themselves as philosophers while simultaneously appealing to a mass audience of readers This book manages to fall into the uncanny valley of writing, both too wonky to appeal to widespread readers and not sufficiently glorious to benefit the c.v of the vast majority of the writers here In general, what one tends to find here is rambling essays that go on for way too long and people who can t stay on topic, as well as the usual biases in the approach of the authors and conflicting positions held by different people about the same topics of study Unfortunately, this book doesn t provide much to enjoy, and its subtitle is definitely all too accurate.The contents of this book are a bit over 250 pages divided into twenty essays that deal with only the first of the Matrix movies These essays are divided thematically into five scenes The first four essays look at questions of epistemology and how it is that anything can be known in the Matrix, along with some tie ins to Socrates and other philosophers The second part of the book examines the desert of the real and looks at questions of metaphysics, the Matrix s philosophy of mind, materialism, and issues of fate and free will The third part of the book looks at the question of ethics and religion in the Matrix, pointing out Buddhist and pluralist elements as well as the question of whether ignorance is bliss and Kantian approaches to ethics The fourth part of the book looks at questions of nihilism and authenticity and the problematic nature of real response to fiction and the genre complexity of the Matrix story The fifth and final section of the book subjects the Matrix to various types of deconstructionism, comparing the Matrix to a forgotten film released around the same time that one of the essayists prefers for its faradventuresome and unconventional handling of sexuality, looking at a Marxian view of the Matrix, and wrestling with questions of postmodernism and perversion.Overall, this book does not hit its mark Eventhan usual, the authors show a great deal of bias that makes this a much less enjoyable book to read than most of the books are in the series For one, the book has too little of a context to deal with, as all of these essays draw their commentary on a small set of quotes and incidents in one movie Later books in the series would have a larger scope to deal with, which made their books less monotonous and repetitive, even if not necessarilytrue The hype that came from the first movie was not supported by the sequels to the film, and that makes this book a bit too quick off the mark, and not of lasting enough value This book neither has the style nor the substance to make it a truly worthwhile volume, and it was good that the editors of the series learned some lessons from the failure of this book to make better andenjoyable books later in the series 1 See, for example This book demonstrated that the questions of philosophy can be as inspiring as the answers to the questions It had been a long time since I saw the movie and this book has addeddepth to the reflection of the story i found this book to be enjoyable as it take the reader through motive, action, and perspective action through the story line That prospective action is broken down into examples that could apply to many arguments and questions for one s own life This was a good read for the This book demonstrated that the questions of philosophy can be as inspiring as the answers to the questions It had been a long time since I saw the movie and this book has addeddepth to the reflection of the story i found this book to be enjoyable as it take the reader through motive, action, and perspective action through the story line That prospective action is broken down into examples that could apply to many arguments and questions for one s own life This was a good read for the curious as well as the students of philosophy Mr Joe *EPUB ⇯ The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real ↰ The Matrix conveys the horror of a false world made of nothing but perceptions Based on the premise that reality is a dream controlled by malevolent forces, it is one of the most overtly philosophical movies ever to come out of Hollywood These thought provoking essays by the same team of young philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy discuss different facets of the primary philosophical puzzle of The Matrix Can we be sure the world is really there, and if not, what should we do about it Other chapters address issues of religion, lifestyle, pop culture, the Zeitgeist, the nature of mind and matter, and the reality of fiction a good comparative study yet the book could have been as less as half of its current thickness since the author repeats the same things over and over it is like paraphrasing some main philosophical ideas within the framework of the film. Hell of a lot in here Worth it for the pronunciation help on Slavok Zizek alone.