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    Midnights at the Baxter presents 'The Matrix'
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    Philosopher Rene Descartes famously coined the dictum “Cogito ergo sum,” or, “I think, therefore I am.” His concern was how we could truly know what is real. In a vivid dream state, does the dreamer not feel as if this is reality? How do we know we are not in a dream state? Can we be sure that we even exist? He reasoned that the fact that he could even consider such things meant that he was a thinking being, and a thinking being is necessarily a part of reality, thus, even if nothing else can be certain, we can be sure that since “I think… I am.”

    The tentative nature of reality is well-covered (and fascinatingly so) in philosophy both classic and contemporary, but these days we often like to explore such ideas through the medium of film. A fantastic example, and one which actually gets cited quite frequently in contemporary philosophy texts, is the Wachowski Brothers’ (now Siblings, I suppose [Larry is now Lana]) classic 1999 sci-fi mega-explosion The Matrix. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a computer hacker who comes across a secret and so becomes involved in a vast conspiracy: our world is not the real world. It is a computer simulation fed into our brains; in reality, we are held in stasis, serving as living batteries to power the computer hive mind that really controls the world. One dedicated group of freedom fighters are determined to bring humanity to triumph – they just need a savior…

    Tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, Baxter Avenue Theaters presents The Matrix as part of the Midnights at the Baxter series. This is a highly entertaining, explosive film, deftly combining fierce action and compelling philosophy in a way which has already rendered it a sci-fi classic. See it tomorrow at midnight. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Further details can be found at the theater website.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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