Plato, Descartes, and the Matrix

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Plato, Descartes, and The Matrix As human beings it is difficult to understand life form, creation, and divinity. There are no specific answers that may satisfy the criteria for everyone. It is just difficult for the human mind to fully understand due to the diversity of beliefs one holds; being a skeptic is all we have. How can we justify our beliefs? Do we have a good reason to believe in what we do? It is normal to have a skeptical mindset when everything is questionable. Just as the great philosophers did in their search for knowledge to reanalyze and obtain a better view of their beliefs. To better understand we will discuss “The Allegory of the Cave” by Socrates, the excerpt from Rene Descartes, Meditation on First Philosophy, 1641; and the synopsis of the movie: The Matrix. We will compare and contrast the different scenarios and information of all three sources to make up our own analysis of reality and knowledge. The similarities in these three scenarios are obvious. Descartes, in the Meditation on First Philosophy, 1641 and Neo, in The Matrix, started feeling skeptical about life, questioning life itself. They faced doubts about the reality of what they were seeing, skeptical of the reliability of their senses. Thinking that they were facing the possibility of a dream and not reality, they believed that they were unconsciously living manipulated by deception. Socrates, in the “Allegory of the Cave”, is not any different from Descartes and Neo who felt attached to a mastermind that computed or manipulated what it wanted them to do and see. Socrates describes these beings attached to the walls of a cave having their legs and necks fettered from childhood unable to move their heads, but only seeing what they were set or allowed to see, shadows cast on the wall from the figures passing in front of the light behind and above them (Socrates, The
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