Robin Hanson is a professor of economics at George Mason University. In 1998 Robin received his Ph.D. in social science from the California Institute of Technology, and then served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Earlier he received a master’s in physics and a master’s in the philosophy of science from the University of Chicago, and spent nine years researching artificial intelligence, Bayesian statistics and hypertext publishing at Lockheed, NASA and independently. Robin’s work has appeared in several publications, including CATO Journal, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Evolution and Technology, Social Philosophy and Policy, and Theory and Decision.
Was Cypher Right? (Part I): Why We Stay in Our Matrix
By Robin Hanson
from Taking the Red Pill
This is one essay from the anthology Taking the Red Pill
How many layers of meaning lie in “The Matrix”? As the Wachowski have said: “More than you will ever know.”
Taking the Red Pill is a non-fiction book that explores a variety of literary, philosophical, religious and scientific themes in the film “The Matrix.” Taking the Red Pill is targeted at intelligent, intellectually curious fans of the film.
About the Author
Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas.