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reply to post by thedoctorswife
Well, The Matrix was made using the monomyth as its skeletal structure. The monomyth formula was discovered in world religion and myth through comparative mythology, comparative religion, comparative mysticism. Its essentially the pattern of psychological development that mystics undergo, put in symbolic/mythological form.
That makes The Matrix a mystical metaphor that people are beginning to take too literally, like people always do with metaphors. That's how fanatical religions start.
Now the monomyth is adapting to our technological science-based culture. The challenge is to look past the computer metaphor of our culture to the point where all the monomyth metaphors from all cultures converge, and silently grok.
The Matrix Trilogy presents NEO with the 4 great questions of life :
Who am I?
Where do I come from?
What is my purpose here?
Where am I going, after this is over?
It's an awesomely fun thought experiment, but people should be careful.
reply to post by SayonaraJupiter
What was your case about?
So how? Maybe I want a job
matrix (n.) Look up matrix at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "uterus, womb," from Old French matrice "womb, uterus," from Latin matrix (genitive matricis) "pregnant animal," in Late Latin "womb," also "source, origin," from mater (genitive matris) "mother" (see mother (n.1)). Sense of "place or medium where something is developed" is first recorded 1550s; sense of "embedding or enclosing mass" first recorded 1640s. Logical sense of "array of possible combinations of truth-values" is attested from 1914. As a verb from 1951.
Something to consider:
IF the Universe is a simulation, then how would it benefit the simulation for the simulated inhabitants to even speculate they're simulated?
Simulation implies it being a model, to either play out certain conditions toward a data result, and/or to mimic/represent the 'real' it is a model of.
The hang-up with simulators, however, is that they ARE simulations, so simulation results involving input from conscious individuals aware that they are indeed taking part in a simulation introduces error into the data set.
It would thus stand to reason, if this IS a simulation, it's a bit crap for a simulation if we can even realize it, unless the entire point of the simulation is to model the reactions of complex self aware consciousnesses in realizing they are not 'real'.
Of course, we then come to the prospect of a double bluff built into simulation modelling where speculation into the nature of the simulation itself is built into the 'reality' of the simulation in allowing for delusion and psychosis away from the simulated 'reality'.
Still, for a simulation to be aware of being simulated defeats the purpose of running a simulation.