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:

8 Comments on "An Animation Of Plato’s Cave"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jan 24, 2013 at 12:46 am |

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

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jan 24, 2013 at 2:05 am |

    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

  3. kowalityjesus | Jan 24, 2013 at 9:38 am |

    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 | Jan 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

      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.

  4. DeepCough | Jan 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm |

    Does this mean that the interwebz is full of lies?

  5. DeepCough | Jan 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm |

    Does this mean that the interwebz is full of lies?

  6. BrianApocalypse | Jan 25, 2013 at 9:23 am |

    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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