Essay about Plato, Descartes, and the Matrix

607 Words Sep 6th, 2013 3 Pages
Modern American philosopher; Hilary Putman’s thought experiment called the Brain in the Vat, emphasizes a person’s brain placed inside a container filled with fluids and the fluids is an aid to preserving the brain. Wires are connected to the brain senses (vision, smell, hearing, taste and touch) using electronic impulses that is attached to a computer. Sense information is imputed to the brain from the computer by a computer network administrator. For example, information telling the brain, “You are running in Italy, and you smell pizza.” The brain perceives this information as reality. The movie The Matrix is based on the Brain in the Vat. The Matrix, Rene Descartes, Meditation I Of The Things Of Which We May Doubt and Plato’s, …show more content…
Once his eyes are adjusted, he considers a creator for the total of his observations. He reflects on the life once lived in chains since childhood, but unlike Neo who goes back to help the people in bondage, Plato ends with the prisoner considering his own happiness and pitying his colleagues. There is a question left of whether the once prisoner return to offer help to his colleagues in bondage. Descartes perception of the real world is that the totality of the world is all false and evil demons are deceiving him. Both Descartes and The Matrix make mentions of possibly being in a dream state, but not Plato—it’s a puppet show. As children we are all raised on other’s (parents, teachers, family, clergy, associates, etc.) instruction, education, training, doctrine, skills, rules, ideas and/or habits. When we become young adult and speaking from experience, we began to question if those instructions, training, rules, doctrines, etc. were correct and truthful. Some people become so familiarized, comfortable and tolerant with their state of being they do not seek change. Just like Cypher in The Matrix, knowledge to him was a burden. There are people that see change as a burden, not betterment. They may see it as betterment, but they are unresolved to put forth the effort to better them. Then there are those like Plato’s prisoner in the cave that will break loss from the chains of bondage, ask

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