A Glitch in the Matrix Documentary

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What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending idea, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Asher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) uses a noted speech from Philip K. Dick to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like THE MATRIX, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX attempts to find out.

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A Glitch in the Matrix Is a Riveting Look at Whether We’re Living in a Simulation

Bilge Ebri

Quote:A few days ago, while remotely introducing his movie A Glitch in the Matrix at the at-home Sundance Film Festival, director Rodney Ascher noted, with what I’m pretty sure was a chuckle, that “a film about virtual life, made virtually, is now premiering the same way.” It was, indeed, weirdly apropos: Ascher’s film focuses on the belief — fervently held by some — that our world is just a computer simulation à la The Matrix. Matching ethos and aesthetics, his interviews were all done via computer, with his subjects usually presenting themselves as fanciful, video-game-style avatars. Aside from pre-existing film and news clips (of which there are admittedly many), the movie doesn’t seem to have any “real life” footage. When a home is shown, it’s a digital 3-D walk-through; when we see an exterior, it’s from Google Street View. One suspects there was never any physical pointing of cameras, no arranging of big clunky lights, maybe not even anyone calling “Action!” And so, ultimately, no typical screening: No physical festival audience huddled into seats, no big screen, no director in duck boots and fleece awkwardly holding a mic, no dimming of the lights. The movie might have been as much an illusion as (allegedly) life itself...
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


(This post was last modified: 2021-02-06, 09:08 PM by Sciborg_S_Patel.)
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Without giving spoilers, it's a good documentary IMO.

I just wish that in addition to Bostrom they'd talked to Marcus Arvan and Bernard Haisch.

This way you have the Computionalist, Dualist, and Idealist takes on the Simulation argument [clearly delineated] as well as the arguments from Arvan and Haisch where a Simulation argument helps explain QM level oddities.

But then the movie isn't really about an argument for the Simulation Hypothesis, rather it's more an examination of the culture surrounding it.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


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Occult Artist Tommie Kelly discusses the movie on his flippantly/ironically named Adventures in Woo Woo.

Quote:We start by talking about Spud's recent interview with Duncan Barford, then we discuss why we both haven't given up on humanity, and are optimistic for the future.

Then we discuss the new documentary A Glitch in The Matrix.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell


(This post was last modified: 2021-02-14, 08:10 PM by Sciborg_S_Patel.)

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