David Chalmers was the very first person to come up with the topic concerning metaphysics and its relation to matrix (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). He was a renowned philosopher from Arizona and had authored quite a number of research works. He is mainly concerning on issues relating to philosophy. Among his many pieces of research was the element of the matrix in which he argued that we could not possibly afford to rule out the existence of a matrix system in the universe.
The argument of a matrix as a component of metaphysics was posed to enable people who lack knowledge on philosophy to gain insights (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). In studying David’s arguments we get to understand how the concept of matrix as well as the definition and its relations to metaphysics. David defined a matrix as a form of simulated reality in which sentient machines were used to subdue human population. The definition further says that human use their bodies as sources of energy and electrical activity. David is strongly convinced beyond reasonable doubt that we are all enclosed in a matrix in which we are deluded regarding the outer world (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006).
Metaphysics on the other hand, refers to the section of philosophy, which analyses various elements of reality rising above those of science. The two definitions were passé forward by David Chalmer. I an attempt to answer how the two definitions define humans as matrix, David then came up with a theory, ‘Brain in Vats’ (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). The theory of brain in vats was an old argument in philosophy in which a brain was said to be floating in a vat situated strategically in a lab somewhere. The scientist who pioneered the experiment to verify the theory argued that, the brain reacted to input with the same level of output techniques. The performance of this brain was similar to the performance of the normal brain (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). Using simulation, the test brain was going to define responsibilities of each section of the brain ensuring the simulation of the brain was sent back to the simulation machine for recording and analysis (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006).
A structure similar to the way the brain worked was then observered in a movie that soon came up and was called, ‘The matrix’. One character by the name Neo at first thought he was in a city. He also has assumed that he had hair as well assume that the period all this was happening was the year 1999 (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). However, David later makes us see how the character was actually floating in open space, with baldhead and the year way far beyond 1999. David tried to explain the character’s behavior as being that he behaved the way he did since, his brain was connected to a computer simulation (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). It character’s thinking could be controlled using machines. From all this, w get to see why David viewed himself as a matrix as he had been able to prove that a simulation was possible between the machines and people, with simulations having the ability to get a hold of people better that the real world actually could (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006).
David was convinced that the way we viewed the environment we have was real. However, he argued that the possibility of a matrix and better still a computer-managed world was also very possible. David had a strong conviction within him that strong and able machines could get a hold of the universe as they had just proved that being to take hold of the normal human thinking (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). Another researcher by the name George Berkeley seemed not to agree with David as he argued that ‘appearance is reality’. David strongly held on to his belief that we were in s matrix and that the only good explanation to it was by way of metaphysics (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). All other theories and findings done to explain the origin of existence seemed to support David in his new discovery. Some of the findings and theories he used to support his claims entailed the creation hypothesis, computational hypothesis as well as mind-body hypothesis (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006). David carefully analyzed each of the theories and came up with one better-defined and simple one that was viewed in the movie, ‘The matrix’ seeking to provide a better explanation about metaphysics (Stoljar, & Oxford University Press, 2006).
Stoljar, D., & Oxford University Press. (2006). Ignorance and imagination: On the epistemic origin of the problem of consciousness. New York: Oxford University Press.