Worldview: The Matrix and the Allegory of a Cave

The Movie ‘The Matrix’ and Plato’s ‘Allegory of a Cave’:  How a Paradigmatic Shift in Our Worldview can cause Cognitive Dissonance and Intellectual Disequilibrium.  (Or, learning you were wrong all along can make you sick to your stomach.) by Rob Westerlund SPOILER ALERT!  This blog explores many of the key components of the movie The … Continue reading Worldview: The Matrix and the Allegory of a Cave

Media and the Truth: A Love Story – Part Two

This blog post is a continuation of a discussion started on Media and the Truth: A Love Story – Part One.  Please view the previous post so that this one makes sense.  Thank you. Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/ll has been praised and lambasted by the press and his audience. While Moore’s documentation of the foibles … Continue reading Media and the Truth: A Love Story – Part Two

Spectra: A Web Log of Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Politics, and Values

SPECTRA A blog by Rob Westerlund spec·tra  (spĕk′trə) n. A plural of spectrum spec•trum (ˈspɛk trəm) 1. A.  an array of entities, as light waves or particles, ordered in accordance with the magnitudes of a common physical property, as wavelength or mass. B. the band or series of colors, together with invisible extensions, produced by dispersion … Continue reading Spectra: A Web Log of Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Politics, and Values