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TheMatrix as Metaphysics
The human reality
People have no predetermined nature. All human actions are based on a critical evaluation of the situation and responding to it accordingly.
New ways of thinking are due to the understanding that the world is comprised of limitless chances, and fresh ways of dealing with the environment.
The matrix hypothesis also argues that the world is full of illusions as people are not free to think outside the matrix
What is reality?
The reality is like a machine as it follows a predictable sequence that has a predictable outcome.
The computational processes of the universe perceive the reality as a system of bits that are implemented systematically, and they influence the reality.
The nature of reality ought to be influenced by the subconscious. The subconscious is the clearest form of human cognition that is not influenced by the created reality.
The nature of reality is influenced on those who construct it and their means of manipulating the mind so as to believe in their constructed reality.
The environment is not a creative construction of the brain because nature is made up of different components.
TheMatrix as Metaphysics
TheMatrix as metaphysics is a philosophical belief that people perceivetheir environment based on their cultural influences. The human minddoes not examine the social world around it and due to culturalbeliefs. The around human beings is created by the cultural beliefsystems, which are nurtured in people. The world is thus understoodbased on how people are socialized as this influences how the mindworks. The thought processes of people are influenced by culturalbeliefs, which shape how people understand the physical world.
Peoplehave no predetermined nature. All human actions are based on acritical evaluation of the situation and responding to itaccordingly. The decision on how to respond is informed by theability to respond to the situation within the matrix of society ormake logical decisions. The brain is naturally the source of all newforms of human knowledge because the human mind is inquisitive bynature, and this can cause any of the two responses (Chalmers, 2010).When a response to a situation is informed by social constructions ofreality, new ideas do not take place because the responses follow apredetermined route to give a predetermined solution. When humanbeings utilize logic to respond to events, the mind generates newways of responding that are beyond the social constructions ofreality, which leads to new ways of thinking.
Newways of thinking are due to the understanding that the world iscomprised of limitless chances, and fresh ways of dealing with theenvironment. The world as known to human beings is capable of newpossibilities as there are many ways of dealing with the environment.The environment is prone to change over time, and so is the human wayof thinking. The mind is the area where cultural and environmentalpossibilities converge to generate with new ideas. This is theunlimited ability of the human mind to cope with environmentalproblems and come up with logical solutions. It shows that humanlogic is still influenced by the social reality that is ingrained inall human beings.
Themind, and the body hypothesis are correct as the mind and the body isa continuous system that influences each other. The mind and the bodyreceive information from the physical environment, and they reactbased on instilled values and cultural systems. The physical time andspace exist in reality, and they affect the human perception ofreality. The mind and body as proposed by Descartes is real, and itexists in physical time and space. The mind gets the information fromthe environment through the body, and the then communicates with theenvironment through the body. This continuous system of communicationcomprises as unity, which is part of the physical reality.
Thematrix aims at freeing human beings from a non- analytical belief inan imaginary reality. The reality as perceived by human beings maynot be real after all, and it is necessary to question the beliefsthat are taught to people by the cultural systems. The matrix,however, does not acknowledge the fact that a reality is influencedby the cultural environment because all belief systems are groundedon interactions with the cultural environment. This shows whyrealities differ from one person to another. The reality can only beformed by a person’s social environment as experiences influencewhat people know and what they is unknown to them. The experienceacquired from cultural interactions thus forms our thinking systems.
Thematrix hypothesis also argues that the world is full of illusions aspeople are not free to think outside the matrix (Chalmers, 2010). Theinfluence lies in making everyone believe in the same systems thatare created by the social surroundings. The matrix as metaphysicsholds that the world in an illusion for anyone who does not thinkdifferently. The difference between the reality as we know it and thereality as it ought to be is the ability to break down the existingillusions. The world of free thinkers breaks free from existingillusions and creates a reality that is not influenced by socialforces. The truth can only be gained by breaking free from thematrix.
Thiscan, however, be challenged as the human system of thinking is also asocial construction, which is shaped by what is previously know by aperson. The mind is formed from birth, where a person startsinteracting with the cultural environment. A person is, therefore,incapable of reaching decisions based on fresh thinking as this doesnot exist in reality. The perception of the reality informs how aperson makes choices and the actions taken. The ability to perceivereality is not free from certain social influences, which influencehuman reality. The reality of human beings is influenced by culturalforces, which have an influence on a person’s environment. Freshthinking is only a different way of viewing reality based on alogical interpretation of existing knowledge.
Thereality is like a machine as it follows a predictable sequence thathas a predictable outcome. This means that people use their mindsaccording to cultural conditioning. They do not differently from thesocial beliefs that they hold as the models of society areconditioned by environmental forces. The forces construct a realitysuch that the surroundings have the means of determining how humanbeings perceive it. However, the reality is shaped by a person’senvironment. The cultural environment where a person lives defineshow he views and understands the world. In this situation, thereality machine is the cultural environment, which is influenced bynature. The forces of nature are the exterior forces, which determinehow human beings interpret their reality. This, therefore, meansthere is no other reality as it already exists as nature cannot beinfluenced.
Thecomputational processes of the universe perceive the reality as asystem of bits that are implemented systematically, and theyinfluence the reality. The computational system gives noacknowledgement to the human mind, which must receive and processinformation and give an appropriate response. The physicalenvironment is stimulated by people based on how they processinformation and respond to situations. As the computational systemargues, people must experience an object so as to respondappropriately. This means that the body and mind must be involved inthe experience.
Thebrain is naturally curious, and this determines how a person thinksand perceives the social world. Logic can take place with no priorinfluence, and this has been the reason behind scientific inventions.New discoveries take place by logically responding to an existingsituation. Logic involves understanding the environment as it existsand then making decisions guided by the way facts occur (Chalmers,2010). This involves logic that is not influenced by socialconstructions of reality. New knowledge occurs when people respond tothe world by rejecting the social constructions that tell them tosubmit to their circumstances.
Thenature of reality ought to be influenced by the subconscious. Thesubconscious is the clearest form of human cognition that is notinfluenced by the created reality. The external environment interactswith the unconscious to create a pure form of knowledge that is notcontrolled by cultural influences. The unconscious comes from privateexperiences with the environment and thus, it is important always touse the unconscious to understand the world (Chalmers, 2010). To thisend, Chalmers analogy that the matrix is metaphysics is true as themind is a social construction.
Thereality is not usually as direct as it seems because it is guided byexternal forces. The nature of reality is influenced on those whoconstruct it and their means of manipulating the mind so as tobelieve in their constructed reality (Chalmers, 2010). The human minddoes not construct the world around it as suggested the mind existsin the real world where it receives information from externalsources. The reality is a well- calculated matrix that can becontrolled to attain specific conditions. The reality is created bypeople who think beyond the matrix and make an artificial reality,which they can manipulate in order to have the rest of the populationbelieve in their created reality. A good example is religion, whichis created on stories constructed around an external force, which isbeyond human control. This is meant to make people fit theirsituations and not question those who construct the artificialreality.
Thereality is a cultural and cognitive construction that is influencedby existing traditional belief systems. Culture creates what peopleknow and how they face every situation. As the main idea suggests,the world is a social creation, and even the cognitive systems areinfluenced by this creation. People often think and respond to theworld based on their cultural beliefs (Chalmers, 2010). This is donethrough social institutions that are created to influence thethinking capacities of human beings. Reality is different from personto person based on how the social reality has been constructed aroundthe person. The matrix is a system that philosophically inquiresabout the reality and the world beyond the existing socialconstructions of reality.
Thematrix also notes that the existing universe is real and not false asdenoted by the matrix reality. The world as known to human beings isreal, and everything exists in it as perceived by human beings(Chalmers, 2010). The environment is not a creative construction ofthe brain because nature is made up of different components. Thecomponents then influence human reality and the social environmentaround them, which is not constructed in the human mind. This is trueas matter cannot be made or destroyed. It exists in reality asperceived by people, and this is what forms up the environment. Thesocial world is then made on the grounds of the interaction betweenpeople and the existing environment.
Inconclusion, the thought processes of people are influenced bycultural beliefs, which shape how people understand the physicalworld. The reality is based on the mind and body analysis, whichshows that the mind and body is a continuous system that responds tothe physical environment. The world is a mechanical structure thatfunctions in a predetermined manner responses of human beings arebased on cultural influences, which shape their systems of thinking.Logic involves a coordinated system of interaction between the mindand the environment. The computational system holds that the mind isinfluenced by external objects, which stimulate it to act in aparticular way.
Chalmers,D, J. (2010). TheMatrix as Metaphysics. Dissertation:The University of Arizona.