nearlya Only the most exceptional people become aware of the Matrix :P I took the red pill years ago myself, so you’re not waiting for me!
Metaphysics and philosophy, hey? Theorists would tell you that science fiction is just us catching up with metaphysics and philosophical paradigms like The Cave.
Most people would say metaphysics is science fiction! But…. at the end of science fiction the era of hyperreality begins. The materialization by the machine and the system of production becomes a Promethean premise. All simulation is reality and all reality is simulation? ….to an artificial mind all reality is virtual… (…now I’m watching the Animatrix like the total nerd I am, dammit!).
Have you read Baudrillard’s work on simulation?
“Simulacra of simulation, founded on information, the model, the cybernetic game - total operationally, hyperreality, aim of total control.”
“When there is no longer any virgin territory, and thus one available to the imaginary, when the map covers the whole territory, something like the principle of reality disappears. In this way, the conquest of space constitutes an irreversible crossing toward the loss of the terrestrial referential. There is a hemorrhaging of reality as an internal coherence of a space that follows that of the planet is equal to derailing (dematerializing) human space, or to transferring it into a hyperreal simulation.”
(All Baudrillard - Simulacra and Science Fiction)
Fun fun fun!!