Question 1:Come on now, how can this be? This would be a weak plot if Morpheus’ revelation were not plausible. What makes the above statement plausible? Question 2: Morpheus uses the word “truth.” How do you understand this word? Is he right in pointing out that there is an objective truth? Question 3: Morpheus assumes that the captive humans are not aware that what they take to be real is not the truth. Is there any way for the captive humans of grasping that they are indeed systematically deluded about the truth? Question 4: Could this pass as a metaphor for our lives? The speech I quoted above reminds the educated viewer of a famous ancient philosophical allegory – Plato’s story of the cave. Plato meant this as an allegory for the human condition. In that case, we all live in the Matrix. Is the Matrix an allegory for the human condition? [If still in doubt, check your dictionaries for the meaning of the word “allegory.”] Question 5: Neo is given a choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill will allow him to remain as he is, and, assume, would even relax him and make him feel happy. The red pill, on the other hand, will allow him to begin to discern the truth but at high risk. Which pill would you choose to take, and why? Question 6: Neo chooses to take the red pill. He then experiences the nightmarish world of the Matrix with human brains hooked onto the virtual-reality stimulants. Neo refuses to believe that this reality. Morpheus tells him: “What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you’re talking about are electrical signals interpreted by the brain.” Do you agree with this statement about the nature of reality or not, and why? Question 7 – this is a bonus question, to boost your grade if you answer intelligently: An additional complication arises. Is Neo the expected Savior? Don’t worry about this part but check out something: Even the Matrix cannot know or forecast who Neo is but there is a presumed Oracle who is able to do this. “[The Oracle] sees beyond the relativity of time. For her, there is no past, present, or future. [For her] there is only what [truly] is.” Given what you have read about time, and about a priori truths, in this course, does this make sense?