The movie The Matrix raises many philosophical questions and often parallels previous and sometimes ancient theories regarding reality, skepticism, and perceptions of the mind-body problem. In this essay I will be evaluating how the movie The Matrix embodies theories and ideas involving skepticism and the mind-body problem. I will be explaining in detail why the movie, Plato, and Descartes have different views other than the normal way of believing what is real and what is imagination. I will also explain why some people cannot understand this way of thinking. Lastly, while evaluating these philosophical issues from the movie I will also compare how I believe these are similar questions that ...view middle of the document...
” This is skepticism, where one is always expecting “a catch” or some sort of obstacle or difficulty that may be attached to a good thing. In the movie, Morpheus asks the question, “What is real?” Reality, when looked at logically, is not always what is tangible, but is where things are not seen or otherwise perceived. For example, when something is too good to be true, it usually is, as there are unforeseen obstacles that one must deal with in order to reach the goal or to get what they want. The reality, in effect, is something much harder to understand. The movie proves this by relating Zion to a form of what is real with profound skepticism mixed with logic. What is perceived while in “The Matrix” is in reality, a deception to entangle and confuse the logic of those who are in it.
The characters that come out of the Matrix are inevitably shocked to realize that the world as they knew it was a false one, and even basic logic is forever questioned after that moment of realization. If a person lives far away from society for an extended period of time, years even, they will discover their skepticism when they learn what the world has become in their absence. An example of this was used long ago by Plato in Book VII of “The Republic” (Plato)
The Mind – Body Problem
The Mind – Body Distinction imposes that the body is an effect of the mind, and is evident in all free thinking and free acting creatures, but none so much as the human being. For instance, a person wants a drink and lifts a glass from the table to drink from it. The action of lifting the glass to mouth is the effect of the mind’s choice to have it. The Mind – Body problem then, is a metaphysical issue, where the relationship between the mind and body are questioned (Skirry). Is the Matrix a dream world or a world created and interacted with as a result of neural stimulation? The mind in The Matrix was completely capable of functioning without the use of the body, and there were times that while the character was in The Matrix, the body did move voluntarily while the mind was otherwise engaged (Skirry). In this way it is as if the mind is completely separate from the body and is functioning independently.
In Neo’s case, this was his first introduction to The Matrix. He was plugged into the simulated world while his body remained in a destroyed, war torn existence. The simulated world is the one as viewers understand it, where everyday normal life is taken very much for granted. This scenario derails the more logical notions that where the mind is, the body is as well. When Neo is initially awakened and ripped from his virtual world where even his appearance is different, reality is taught to him and immediately skepticism sets in as he does not believe anything is real or that in a world such as he is in, could not be possible at all.
Plato and Descartes
The skeptical mind was identified by Plato in The Republic, where in Book VII the...