Similarities between the Synopsis of The Matrix and the Work of Descartes Essay

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The synopsis of The Matrix, and the excerpt of Descartes share some similarities The Matrix and Descartes share the basic questions of philosophy. In the first philosophy there is a question on what is real. It is thought that we can use our senses in order to identify what is real. Too often such as in dreams our senses deceive us. These two writings prove that we cannot use our sense to ensure what is real or not. Each individual have their own reality and no two experiences are the same. In essence we cannot trust our senses, but must look to other evidence to establish reality. The way that the Matrix and Desecrates writing was different is that in the Matrix those individuals did not know that they were built on a false reality. That these ideas were falsely created and that they were plugged into a machine who dictated what their life experiences were. If an individual does not know the background knowledge it is easy to make flawed assumptions on the world and the people in it. Desecrates noted that how the perceptions in his dreams and the vividness were enough to prove that dreams were real experiences. The Matrix and the cave allegory share similarities in which there e are two different realities presented one that is perceived by the people in the story and the real one. In the Matrix the people are only allowed to see what the machines want them to see. In essence the people are subjected to have reality defined for them as in the cave allegory. The only know the experiences that are given to them so that become the reality. One cannot prove that the world they are experiencing is real or not. Each individual have their own expectations and views on what is reality. What one may consider sufficient evidence to prove the existence such as seeing or tasting could not be considered as sufficient evidence to another individual. There are instances where we have been noted that eyes can deceive us. Let us look at the different accounts at the scene of an accident. There could be thirty different versions of how the accident occurred and in the middle of that there would lay the truth. Individual biases can alter the perception of reality. If one has a bad experience with the police for example they are apt to distrust law enforcement. Not all experiences with individual police are bad, but it can lead to a negative connotation. One would argue that knowing reality would be preferable than living in ignorance to reality. I contest that it is preferable that ignorance is bliss. In a world where our life is