Re: The Matrix's "Two Pills scene" as a "Threshold to Adventure" scene

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Mar 29 2000 - 16:19:52 MST

"M. E. Smith" wrote:
> The continued emphasis on the "two pills
> scene" on this list has moved me to point
> out something that will only make sense to
> people knowledgable about Joseph Campbell's
> ideas about mythology and what he called
> the "monomyth": the "two pills scene" is
> a classic "threshold of the adventure"
> scene. The decision Neo is presented with
> in the scene was whether or not to refuse
> the "call to adventure".

Yeah, but that's not realistic. I'm trying to save the world and *I*
never got a "threshold of the adventure" scene.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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