am 27. Dezember 1999
What is The Matrix? Simulation and Simulacra A place where nothing is real, where everything is a simulation. An overt notion in both Gnostic thought and the motion picture 'The Matrix', a strange thread of theory runs through Nag Hammadi and Essene manuscripts, the Gnostic story of Genesis, Philip K. Dick's quest for the messiah in Valis-- all flowering from a bed of Babylonian mysteries of space, time and reality as past down thru secret societies and brotherhoods with snakes as their mascots. So is it any wonder that when Matrix messiah Neo goes to retrieve a disk of hacked code hidden in a book, that very book is none other then 'Simulacra and Simulation'? I think not. Start with the Gnostic story of genesis, substitute the words 'material wisdom' with 'artificial intelligence', have a yogi tea with PKD's 'Valis', watch 'The Matrix' then take on 'Simulacra and Simulation' then you too may become convinced that 'Rome never died'. Just follow the white rabbit...
am 14. Januar 2000
Like many others, I became aware of this work from its appearance in The Matrix. I have an appreciation for Existentialist literature, and this collection of essays does not dissapoint. Several of the pieces are rambling and difficult to grasp, but more of them still are quite thought provoking. The influence of this work on the underlying plot and theme of The Matrix is quite evident. If you don't mind having the rug of your assumptions about reality pulled from beneath you, you will enjoy this work