The Matrix, The Republic, And Descartes Meditation

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Hilary Putman’s brain in a vat thought-experiment has caused many to question their sense and the concept of what is considered real. In the experiment we are asked to imagine a possibility, that we are all a brain hooked up by wires to a really advanced computer system built to simulate our experience of the outside world. The brain vat argument simply states that if you cannot prove that the brain vat does not exist, then you cannot rule out the possibility that all your beliefs could be false. The movie The Matrix directed by The Wachowskis, in 1999 was based on Putman’s brain vat experiment. In this short essay I will be comparing and contrasting the synopsis of The Matrix against Plato’s The Republic, and Descartes Meditation.
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He wanted to escape the world of the matrix and return to the illusion of reality along with the rest of humanity. Although the character Cypher might argue that “ignorance is bliss”, I don’t personally believe that it is. Ignorance is simply ignorance, and there is definitely nothing blissful about not having full control over your own life. I agree that the harshness of reality can at times overwhelm and frustrate you, however without it there can be no free will. If everything that we do and say is ultimately being predestined or preprogrammed, then the illusion of “choice” is false. I want to decide my own glass ceiling and set my own limitations in life.
I don’t think anyone can prove that the world we experiencing is real or false. I cannot state any concrete proof for certain that the world that I am currently experiencing is “real”, I can only conclude based on my own beliefs. In order to function in this life, I have to believe that the reality that I know to be true is actually real. I know that I cannot form any conclusions solely based on my gut feelings, however I know that I am the only one that is in control of my decisions and that my beliefs are
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