This certainly IS an excellent point. Of course, Matrix was a theatrical
production, geared to entertain and make big money. I would say, though, the
majority of scientists today, would not really agree with the Extropian
world-view, or concede that the expected timetable of that most Extropians
hope for. So in a way, discussion of a movie concept is no more pedantic,
then the general philosophy of this mailing list.
In a message dated 5/27/00 2:44:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
<< The thing to remember when you get into this kind of metaphysical
speculations is to ask yourself: does this really matter? Does this
have any relevance beside the intellectual pleasure of imagining
complex or bizarre ontologies? If models with many "levels of reality"
do not have any impact on how we live our lives, our ethics or our
physics then they are rather irrelevant.
In the Matrix, there was a very real effect on life once you
discovered it. Is there any evidence whatsoever for something similar
in the real world? A certain amount of fuzziness (be it memory of
Heisenberg) is not enough. >>
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