An Animation Of Plato’s Cave

The trippy cartoon edition of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, a disturbing story used by the philosopher to point our the difficulties in comprehending the true nature of reality:

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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Nice thought experiment. I think Plato’s allegory can be read as being both a critique of religious/spiritual charlatans and also fundamental materialists.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      here and i thought he was just talking about Television :-P

  • BuzzCoastin

    interesting that Orson Well’s voice gets no credit

    Mike Kelley with Sonic Youth’s
    Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile
    is a more updated version of the meta4

  • kowalityjesus

    What we in the cave perceive to be normal or substantial is not only a shadow, but the shadow of an illusion. Who do we know that is conscious of these ubiquitous inconsistencies in reality, and is marginalized as a result? Are they conspiracy theorists? The mentally insane? Monks? Children? Artists?

    Did Plato mean for the porters in front of the fire to be characters in the illusion as well? Are those characters representative of people or spirits?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Their character is probably deliberately kept mysterious, as a sincere reflection of Plato’s admission that he did not know either. However, it is tempting to draw a paralell between their activities and those of the media.

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean that the interwebz is full of lies?

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean that the interwebz is full of lies?

  • BrianApocalypse

    Doesn’t that freed prisoner learn Kung Fu at some point in the story? Or am I confusing it with something else?

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