The MATRIX Essay

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The Matrix
In viewing the Matrix, a 1999 Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow Picture release, there are
numerous references to philosophy portrayed in the movie. In analyzing the Matrix one
will be able to see how Descartes’ Meditations on Methodic doubt, his Evil Genius
Hypothesis, and Plato’s allegory of the cave are portrayed in this film.

According to Descartes’ Meditation on methodic doubt he tries to achieve absolute
certainty about the nature of everything. In order to acquire absolute certainty,
Descartes must first lay a complete foundation of integrity on which to build up his
knowledge. The technique that he uses to lay this foundation is doubt. Descartes starts
by looking at our usual sources of truth such as physics, astronomy, and medicine. He
looks at these truths and doubts them feeling that these are not reliable sources of truth
because time shows that we are all eventually proven wrong, much in the same way that
science has been proven wrong over the courses of history. In relation to the Matrix, the
Matrix is “everywhere.” According to Morpheus, the leader of the resistance,

The Matrix is everywhere; it is all around us, even now in this very room. You can see it
as you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you
go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been
pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth (Matrix Movie).

The truth that Morpheus speaks about is the truth that everyone in Neo’s world, including
Neo has been born into slavery. They have been born into a “prison” built for their mind.
In regards to the meditations Morpheus is telling Neo that the world that he lives in is
merely a false idea and should be doubted. However, telling Neo what the Matrix consists
of is not enough. To fully understand what the Matrix is Neo will have to choose whether
he wishes to learn about the Matrix or to believe what ever he wants to believe.

Descartes’ methodic doubt can also be seen, as he doubts the senses. He considers the
generally accepted view that our senses dependably report the absolute nature of reality,
but discards the senses as a source of truth because of the dream argument, which states
that there is no definite way of proving that you are either dreaming or that you are
awake. Therefore it is possible that everything that we believe is false, making the
senses an unreliable source. This dream argument can be seen in the beginning of the
Matrix as Neo is told to “wake up” by his computer. After “waking” up, his computer tells
him that “the Matrix has you” he is confused with what is going on with his computer, the
computer then continues to tell him to “follow the white rabbit” and the conversation is
then interrupted by someone knocking at his door. The person at his door is one of Neo’s
clients making a deal with him for a computer disk in exchange for money. His client
looks at Neo and tells him that he looks “whiter” than usual. Neo still confused with
what just happened to his computer says to his client have “you ever had that feeling
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