Descartes And The Matrix Comparison Essay

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When comparing the concepts from The Matrix to the ideology in the excerpts by Plato and Descartes a common theme is the realization that the world is all a sensory illusion by which an elaborate system of deception can perpetrate individuals to a common belief or perception. One of the main points that is shared between the excerpt by Plato/Descartes and the synopsis of The Matrix is that everything around us is perceived through our senses. Yet, because each individual perceives the world in a different aspect, how do we know that our senses are not faulted by biased opinion or obscure belief.
Plato wrote in his book, The Republic, “Every way such prisoners would deem reality to be nothing else than the shadows of the artificial objects” (Plato, Republic 514A1-518D8). In Plato conversation with Glaucon the subjects of his conversation were unable to move their legs or their necks, therefore, the subjects only perception on things were the pictures that passed by them over the wall. Their perceptions
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Descartes believed that all the information that he had accepted as the highest truth and certainty in his life was through the five major senses. However, Descartes also believed that sometimes our perceptions through the five senses can be misleading.
The differences that were presented between The Matrix and excerpts from Descartes and Plato were the causes of our own senses providing deceptions. In The Matrix, the cause of the lack of “real truth” was a result of machines keeping each individual in the movie alive. In The Matrix, “They experience being born, growing up, getting jobs, growing old, and dying through their virtual lives in a computer system called “the Matrix” (Wachowski, A., Wachowski, L). While in Plato and Descartes excerpts, the cause of our own senses providing deceptions is because of the idea that our own perceptions can be

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