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Entertainment beats rationality in philosophy, too

One cannot possibly expect to derive anything but despair* from reading about a book called The Matrix and Philosophy, but Laura Miller's review (on Salon.com) happily led me to a web page set up in support of a course apparently offered at the University of Washington in Winter, 2000: Philosophy 200B: The Philosophy of The Matrix.

It's courses like that that make a college education priceless.

*I mean, what the hell could a phrase like, "If the only reality Neo knows is entirely false," possibly mean? The only way it doesn't reduce to pure jibberish is if the word "reality" itself doesn't mean anything....

December 4, 2002 6:43 PM

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The premise of the film itself makes me despair, so much more than any courses relating to it. I mean, haven't those sooper-clever AIs heard of lobotomies? Let alone algae ...

Posted by dan on December 6, 2002 9:28 AM

By "priceless", I assume you mean "worthless"? Jesus H. Candyass Christ, what next? College credit for being able to tie your own shoelaces?

[/curmudgeon]

Posted by Senn on December 6, 2002 2:21 PM

Ah, I confess -- "priceless" was chosen to be deliberately ambiguous.

Judging from the syllabus, the movie was more or less an excuse to cover the standard undergraduate material. I can't really blame the prof for wanting to have fun, too.

But I certainly don't wish to rule out the "worthless" interpretation. Depends on the reader, no doubt....

Posted by M on December 8, 2002 1:33 PM


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