publication . Article . 2017

Living in the Matrix: How a Scientific Conjecture was Turned into a Conspiracy Theory

Paura Roberto;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2017 Journal: Messages, Sages, and Ages, volume 4, pages 18-30 (eissn: 1844-8836, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>In recent years the <jats:italic>simulation argument</jats:italic>, namely, the idea that our reality is a kind of computer-generated simulation developed for hidden purposes, has acquired some credit and has been appropriated by the conspiracy culture, especially in the works of David Icke, author of paranoid bestsellers and known for his pseudo-theory about Reptilian aliens who secretly rule our world. To understand the reasons for the success of such an implausible pseudo-theory, it is necessary to analyze its genealogy inside popular culture. The methodological proposal underlying this paper is that the analysis of c...
Subjects
free text keywords: Literature, business.industry, business, Matrix (mathematics), Translation studies, Sociology, Culture theory, Conjecture, Literary criticism, Epistemology, Applied linguistics, Cultural studies, Conspiracy theory, simulation argument, matrix, holographic principle, David Icke, History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999
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publication . Article . 2017

Living in the Matrix: How a Scientific Conjecture was Turned into a Conspiracy Theory

Paura Roberto;