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Skepticism In The Film Matrix And The Allegory Of The Cave

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Skepticism deals with a person’s belief and if the person can truly trust their senses. As Plato, Descartes, and the creators of The Matrix express in their writings and movies is the possibility of a person’s senses being deceived as there is no proof that the five sense of the person’s body is not being altered as the senses are all processed within the mind. There is no proof that the whole world is real, but people have to trust in their senses in order to believe this. However, these senses of sight, smell, sound, and so forth could be tricked.
The Matrix follows along similar lines to Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” which paints the story that as human beings there is the ...view middle of the document...

Neither The Matrix nor “The Allegory of the Cave” shed light on whom or what could be casting these illusions of not living a real life other than showing the computer program is controlling the people in The Matrix and the puppeteer in Plato’s tale. Descartes brings forth an explanation as to who could be behind the illusions. He believes a demon is causing the illusions. In “The Allegory of the Cave” it makes the reader wonder who is controlling the puppets and similar thoughts can be evoked from The Matrix as to who is behind the computer simulation.
As Descartes demonstrates in “Meditation I” there is no way to prove the world we are experiencing is real. Our only proof is to trust our senses which could be being deceived. We have to trust in our beliefs, even if they are false, especially if there is no way to prove the belief is wrong. Since our senses can be deceived and our beliefs are based off of these senses, it allows for our beliefs to be tested as well. Our beliefs may not be real or factual, but it takes blind faith in order to keep believing that our beliefs are true. The whole world might be fabricated around us, but that in itself is a belief some people may believe. We must trust in ourselves that our beliefs, relying on our senses, using blind faith.
I feel if I was given the chance to escape the cave or take the pill in order to escape the false world, it would be...

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