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Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and the Religion in the Matrix (Smart Pop series) Paperback – March 11, 2003
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All of the essays in this book are thought-provoking and well written, with authors ranging from prominent members of the science fiction community, to theologians, to computer scientists. All have been similarly affected by this truly remarkable movie, and all take you on their own personal tour of The Wachowski's mindbending dystopia.
Essay content ranges from comparisons of Neo with Christ and Buddha, to whether we are in fact living inside a simulated world. The two finest essays in this book (in my opinion) are by techologists themselves, one by Ray Kurzweil and another by Sun Microsystems' Bill Joy, each with a very in-depth examination of the technology behind The matrix, albeit with two very different visions of humanity's future once our technology catches up with that depicted in the movie.
If The Matrix made you question the nature of the world around you, even a little, you need to read this book. You may not like it when you discover just how far down the rabbit hole goes, but at least you might be on the right track to freeing your mind.
While that is not a bad thing, it would be a shame to miss all the depths hidden behind the fun, so the authors in this book have analyzed it on several levels. On a scientific front, the hows of THE MATRIX are examined, explaining the mind boggling concepts that when probed can be seen as frightening possibilities, even probabilities. However, the book's real impact is when it gets into the philosophy and religious aspects of the whole thing. It is shown to be parabolic to not only the Christian religion, but to Jews and Buddists as well. Allegories are explained and critiqued in depth.
***** If you have never seen the movie, like me, you will be prompted automatically to go out and rent it. Much of the book, despite the helpful glossary in the back, will make little sense without having seen MATRIX. After seeing it, and reading the book, learning how plausible it might be, then you will wonder about what is real. Isn't that a question that has tormented the greatest thinkers of time? This is a book not to be missed if you have a critical, yet open mind. *****
As I sat in the theater seat nearly four years ago, the screen flashing before me, I got the sense that I was on to something big. There's so much going on, so much packed into the film -- how can you even begin to address it, compartmentalize, etc?
Taking the Red Pill picks up all the threads woven into the film and gives them a good tug. The result? A vibrant plentitude of interpretation springs to view. The book is accessible. It's funny and riveting, and filled to the brim with a diversity of approaches. The intellectual vigorous debate renewed my excitement for "The Matrix."
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I love The Matrix and everything about it. I bought this book because I saw the opportunity to explore The Matrix in the form of a research paper for one of my graduate courses. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rick Saldivar
I'm not a fan of the whole "red pill" theories that float around but this was not what I expected. It was actually pretty good, but not without its flaws.Published 19 months ago by Alex
18 December 2013
Science Fiction has always been my personal favorite way of explaining the human symptom. Read more
Very interesting book, it is able to build some bridges between philosophy and the Matrix world, highly recommended. Some of the discussions in this book are pretty interesting.Published on November 4, 2013 by Walter0000
I had to buy this for a college class; amazon as usual had the best price. It was really interesting reading, I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by bettylion
This book was new! Mind blowing book you have to read it in a slow pace to really "really" get it! Came in early and look great =)Published on January 1, 2013 by Vanessa
The book arrived within the deadline and in excellent condition. As far as this complex subjet is concerned, it is discussed from different interesting viewpoints and with an... Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Briona