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Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix (Smart Pop series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix (Smart Pop series) by Glenn Yeffeth, David Gerrold, Thomas H. McCall, Paul S. Fiddes, Jason S. Sexton, Frances E. Wall & David Mungello...

This thought-provoking examination of The Matrix explores the technological challenges, religious symbolism, and philosophical dilemmas the film presents. Essays by renowned scientists, technologists, philosophers, scholars, social commentators, and science fiction authors provide engaging and provocative perspectives. Explored in a highly accessible fashion are issues such as the future of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The symbolism hidden throughout The Matrix and a few glitches in the film are revealed. Discussions include "Finding God in The Matrix," "The Reality Paradox in The Matrix," and "Was Cypher Right?: Why We Stay in Our Matrix." The fascinating issues posed by the film are handled in an intelligent but nonacademic fashion.

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Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100024  
ISBN13  9781932100020  

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More About Glenn Yeffeth, David Gerrold, Thomas H. McCall, Paul S. Fiddes, Jason S. Sexton, Frances E. Wall & David Mungello

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of the nonfiction essay anthologies "Alias Assumed, The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill, "and "War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic." He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Glenn Yeffeth was born in 1961.

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Bent covers received twice  Mar 15, 2008
Very disappointed to receive this book twice (a replacement) with a very bent cover. this site's replacement was no better and was no help. Very disappointing.
Short on Social/Political Commentary  Feb 25, 2006
I enjoyed this book. But honestly it could have been better. "The Matrix" is a striking film--in my opinion one of the best movies of the decade. To me, the most gripping thing about the movie is the implicit parallel between the unreality of the parasite-controlled Matrix and the commercially-shaped Matrix of our American culture. What the average joe experiences as reality is a false world. It's a created set of impressions that don't match reality very closely, but do serve the commercial interests that foster them. Like the movie Matrix, the parasitic "matrix" of our time exploits us. It extracts our money, time, and energy to its own ends. The essays in this book were good. But the editor seemed to sidestep any serious commercial or political issues. Maybe he was hesitant to take them on. Or maybe he just didn't get it.
Good and Bad  Jan 5, 2004
This is actually a hard book to review because of the essays beign written by many authors. Basically I give this a three because it does not go into great depth. If you have thought about the Matrix while watching you more than likely have an opinion and thoughts on the subjects they write about, for example - Was Cypher right in wanting to be plugged back in? The good part of this book though is that it is a great introduction to some philosophical concepts if one hasn't taken an intro to philosophy course. It does give the background on where the ideas for this movie came from. If you really like this one or don't like it for that matter read The Matrix and Philosophy. This is a good read that goes into a little more depth than this book seems to do. Although everything I have said is not positive I do not want to discourage you from reading this book.
An amazing look at how the Matrix could indeed be real  Nov 25, 2003
Every essay in this book will shed new light on the way you view this world. It is so well researched, written, and edited that I'm hard pressed to find another book that I would rate so highly. There are theories presented here that will have you talking to anyone who will listen about the almost unreal possibilities these authors present. They are the top people in their respective fields and were not chosen because they just had cool ideas. They were chosen because they know what they're talking about. I can say this with some authority as one of my good friends is basically 2nd in command at the publishing company. So, do not hesitate to pick up this book and gain unbelievable new insights.
Good read  Nov 7, 2003
Like another reviewer said, I thought the matrix was deep before I read this book. It really shows you just "how deep the rabbit hole goes."

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