A matrix is defined as nothing more than a two-dimentional array; a grid, if you will, with each subscript containing specific data so it can be
easily accessed, enumerated, sorted, or manipulated programatically.
0 1 2 3 4
0 a b c d e
1 f g h i j
2 k l m n o
3 p q r s t
4 u v w x y
In this example, say the array was called "myarray", myarray
would equal a
, and myarray
would equal v
But, obviously, you are referencing the movie, "The Matrix", by the Wachowski brothers, who used much of the premise of the book,
", written in 1984 by William Gibson.
Anyhow, that being said, if I read what you are saying correctly, you are saying that The Matrix is an incorrect adaptation of a collective
consciousness. You are correct. The Matrix is not a collective consciousness. A "collective consciousness" is one which all thoughts of all
individuals are shared ... and, actually, a place where all individuality is lost. Brings a whole new definition to "I think, therefore I am",
No, The Matrix is a world, much like a computer game -- let's say, Counter-Strike. The world receives input fom our minds (or in cstrike: keyboard,
mouse) and responds accordingly by instructing our minds (the client computer) to change the way we perceive the world. The Matrix central computer
(the cstrike server) keeps track of all minds (models, if you will) and their positions and relays them to all the others in view of such minds.
Think of "The Matrix" as being a computer game world in which you are actually in. That is all it is. It is not collective consciousness, per se,
but complete sensory immersion.
You're still left to thinking your own thoughts and making your own decisions.
In a collective consciousness, there is no such thing as individual thought.
[EDIT] My post doesn't contain a space between "neuro" and "mancer" above. Must be the filter? Why??
[edit on 11/13/2004 by Cryus]