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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Irwin Narrator: Jennifer Jay Myers, Oliver Wyman, Rick Adamso Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences for at least the rest of your life. Will you take the blue pill - put this audiobook back and go on thinking of The Matrix as just a movie? Or will you take the red pill - listen to this book, and find out just how far down the rabbit-hole goes?

Is the world around us truly as it appears or are we inert bodies in tanks, our brains electronically stimulated to create a make-believe world which is all we know? This old philosophical puzzle has become cutting-edge cool with the appearance of the Keanu Reeves cult sci-fi movie, The Matrix.

The Matrix is the most philosophical film ever made, every step of its fast-paced plot pivoting on a philosophical conundrum. If the world as we know it is nothing more than our dream, does this make the dream real? If we had the choice to step out of our world into a more real but less pleasant one - to take the red pill - would it be a moral failure not to do so? Why do humans have a value above that of intelligent electronic mechanisms? Can the mind live without the body or the body without the mind?

In The Matrix and Philosophy, professional philosophers analyze The Matrix from many angles: metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic. They uncover hidden depths in this intricate work of art, and often reach disturbing conclusions. Those who take the red pill never look at 'the real world' the same way again.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 1/4/2014

    " Loved reading this book, as it gives you great insight into the entire concept of the Matrix. Based more on the philosophical concepts and how they could be applied to life as we know it. It is not an easy book to read (Just as with all Philosophy), and you have to read it slowly to digest it all. But if you've got extra time on your hands and want to take a trip "down the rabbit hole" then give it a shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mohammed alkindy | 12/14/2013

    " deep pholosogy kind of reading but requires a junk of stamina to finish it, may need to read it again to get it sink in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andie B | 9/13/2013

    " Very interesting, it got me interested in philosophy (it was the first philosophy book I ever read), but I found the essays a bit dry originally and could only really get into it the second time around. This could be due to the difference in my age between the first and second reads, as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Muslim | 9/11/2013

    " At least helped me to get one chgk question... "

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