:: Monday, June 23, 2003 ::
People fall into dogmatic thinking in a quest for easy answers on life's difficult problems. This phenomenon can pervade cultures that have many true ideas (libertarianism, TCS) and corrupt and retard the further growth of knowledge within those cultures. The reason this problem arises seems to be a combination of our constant quest for answers, coupled with intellectual laziness. The fact that memes far less advanced then even say, a dogmatic faulty approach to TCS, still have sway with huge portions of the populace (i.e. religions) bears this out.
:: Monday, June 16, 2003 ::
While truer theories correlate to reality better, it occurs to me that only a certain minimal level of correlation is necessary to function in society, and that the anti-knowledge-growth memes embedded within the prevailing worldview in a society may retard growth beyond this minimal level. Thus, religious people continue to believe in God because, well, how would morality exist otherwise and how scary is it to think that when you die, its final?
Thus, while theories more closely correlating what is True give those who adopt them an advantage in their daily lives, if a critical mass of people doesn't adopt them and demonstrate the competitive advantage of doing so en masse, most people will continue believing in their millenia-old dogma while adapting to the current context to the minimal degree necessary. Which sucks.
:: Justin 1:22 PM [+] ::
Unified Theory of the Matrix (warning MASSIVE SPOILERS)
The Matrix is a wargame, of sorts. A battle between humans and machines still does rage on, but not at the level we are led to believe. The humans that have thus far been enslaved in the war were used to create the Matrix, not as a power source (that was always a bogus explanation), but to gather information on the way human beings think and behave. While the primary level of the Matrix (the "Real world" that was shown to be an illusion in the first movie) is somewhat useful for this, the really juicy stuff happens at the level of conflict most closely paralleling the actual situation: the "Real World" of Zion, the layer of reality our heroes are aware of. Thus, the real world of Zion is not a control mechanism that the machines let people escape to, as the Architect leads Neo to believe in the second movie, but in fact PRIMARY to the whole simulation, *it* being a simulation itself, another layer of the Matrix (Agent Smith's body-jumping and Neo's superpowers in the Zion Real World are hard to explain without using the theory that they are still in the Matrix).
Each of the movies thus far has been based largely on demolishing a basic premise. The first, of course, being that Reality was as it seemed; the second being that Neo was a mystical Christ figure assured by divine prophecy to save them all; the third, I think, will be somewhat of a repetition on the first; the Zion Real World will be shown to be fake, and Neo will somehow lead humanity into the realm of the True Real, and True Freedom at last. Thoughts?
:: Justin 2:00 PM [+] ::