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Posted December 26, 1999
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...
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Posted September 2, 2004
Baudrillard¿s book will disturb you. Plain and simple. However, enlightment only comes from a state of perturbation. His message? Read the book, however, be forewarned, too much information, too much recklessness from established beliefs, which allow for some sense of meaningfulness in your limited frame of reference, may make you realize that truth is just, well¿history. Adieu la verite.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2004
Posted December 9, 2003
Real is something that is inconceivable to humans, and this book tries to get that point across, and does very well in doing so. We think that everyday life is real, but it is all a bunch of rules set by other humans, so to be able to think beyond those perameters, beyond the laws of physics, is where you will find the real. How can something that is stated within the rules of the human mind be the say all, end all? That is where you begin to think after reading this book, outside the mind. For all of those who have felt something their whole lives, that something was wrong, 'like a splinter in your mind,' I highly recommend reading this book, and reading it again. 'Welcome to the desert of the real.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2001
I,m a phd student of sociology in Iran. I enjoied a lot studying the book, but since I have nevrer been in Disneyland, I have no notion what does the author mean by the frontier in Disneyland. I'm sure the translator can help me. Please contact with me.
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