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8th Jan '16 9:56:31 AM Veanne
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* This is one of the interpretations of the entirety of ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', and the film also heavily implies that this is indeed the setting after Quaid's dream implant.
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* This is one of the interpretations of the entirety of ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', and the film also heavily implies that this is indeed the setting after Quaid's dream implant. implant. Since it is an adaptation of Philip Dick (see below)...

* In a very real sense, we don't perceive anything but shadows. You think you see other people, but that's just Electromagnetic waves stimulating your retina. What you hear is just molecular vibrations. What you feel is just pressure picked up by your nerves. Humans do not have one single sense that ''directly'' perceives how we interpret the data we receive from the environment. ''In other words, YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm of everything around you, and what you see is just an illusion created by the brain trying to make sense out of everything.''
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* In a very real sense, we don't perceive anything but shadows. You think you see other people, but that's just Electromagnetic electromagnetic waves stimulating your retina. What you hear is just molecular vibrations. What you feel is just pressure picked up by your nerves. Humans do not have one single sense that ''directly'' perceives how we interpret the data we receive from the environment. ''In other words, YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm of everything around you, and what you see is just an illusion created by the brain trying to make sense out of everything.''

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* In a very real sense, we don't perceive anything but shadows. You think you see other people, but that's just Electromagnetic waves stimulating your retina. What you hear is just molecular vibrations. What you feel is just pressure picked up by your nerves. Humans do not have one single sense that ''directly'' perceives how we interpret the data we receive from the environment. ''In other words, YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm of everything around you, and what you see is just an illusion created by the brain trying to make sense out of everything.''** ImmanuelKant said this first(ish).
8th Jan '16 9:53:48 AM Veanne
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** ''Eye in the Sky'' has the main characters trapped inside solipistic manifestations of the main characters' minds, where reality bends to the ConfirmationBias of their subjective beliefs.
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** ''Eye in the Sky'' has the main characters trapped inside solipistic solipsist manifestations of the main characters' minds, where reality bends to the ConfirmationBias of their subjective beliefs.

** ''{{Literature/Ubik}}'' has Joe Chip discover the time-regressing world he's caught in is actually [[spoiler:his dying dream as he lingers in suspended animation.]]
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** ''{{Literature/Ubik}}'' has Joe Chip discover the time-regressing world he's caught in is actually [[spoiler:his dying dream as he lingers in suspended animation.]] [[MindScrew Maybe]]. [[spoiler: In the last chapter Runciter, who supposedly survived, begins experiencing the ''exact same'' things...]]

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** The title of an essay Dick wrote on writing, philosophy and everything: "How to build a universe that doesn't fall apart two days later", tells worlds about his mindset.

** The Matrix in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]], [[spoiler:the eponymous setting]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "Castrovalva"]], and the alternate realities in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker "The Celestial Toymaker"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]].
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** The Matrix in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]], [[spoiler:the eponymous setting]] Creator/MCEscher-esque setting, custom-made by the Master and PoweredByAForsakenChild, or Adric]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "Castrovalva"]], and the alternate realities in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker "The Celestial Toymaker"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]].

** The Creator/MCEscher-esque world the newly regenerated doctor recuperates on in "Castrovalva" is a trap built for him by the Master (with the reluctant help of Adric).
18th Nov '15 7:36:42 AM JBK405
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/IRobot'', the story "Reason" revolves around a robot who becomes convinced that the space station on which he works is his entire universe, and the duties he performs on the station [[CargoCult are rites for a deity]].
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/IRobot'', the story "Reason" revolves around a robot who becomes convinced that the space station on which he works is his entire universe, and the duties he performs on the station [[CargoCult are rites for a deity]]. The humans who oversee the station are unable to convince him otherwise, and their stories of a large planet with billions of people are dismissed as delusions they were given by 'the Master' to make their own lives seem meaningful. At the end of the story their relief workers reassure them that Earth is in fact still there, but the story ends before they physically leave its confines.
2nd Nov '15 2:52:01 PM StFan
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28th Oct '15 2:16:06 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Franchise/TheMatrix "Free your mind."]]]]
19th Oct '15 2:21:53 AM Morgenthaler
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17th Oct '15 3:30:54 AM eroock
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* ''Film/{{SourceCode}}'': A soldier is sent back in time in a military-crafted pod that is integrated with various electronic inside of it that require his maintenance. [[spoiler:Later he discovers that the entire pod is an illusion created by his own mind while his severely damaged body is in a camatose state [[BrainInAJar hooked into a machine]].]]
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* ''Film/{{SourceCode}}'': ''Film/SourceCode'': A soldier is sent back in time in a military-crafted pod that is integrated with various electronic inside of it that require his maintenance. [[spoiler:Later he discovers that the entire pod is an illusion created by his own mind while his severely damaged body is in a camatose state [[BrainInAJar hooked into a machine]].]]
16th Sep '15 7:44:19 PM rehberre
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[[AC:Music]] * TheOhHellos [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this in "The Truth Is A Cave." The narrator of the song ''thinks'' that reality is this trope. However, in the song, the [[{{Christianity}} world's higher reality is knowable]] and he is in denial about that--until the search for truth proves fruitless. --> "In the silence I heard [[{{God}} you]] calling out to me..."
24th Aug '15 7:24:36 PM Sabrewing
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* ''Literature/TheRing: Terror's Realm'' is about this. [[spoiler:The world which Meg perceives as the [RING] program is actually the real world as it exists since Sadako's reign of terror started. What she perceives as the mundane world is a humanity-wide projection that Sadako is sending out to lull them into a false sense of security.]]
23rd Aug '15 4:10:24 PM eroock
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->''When I made a shadow on my windowshade\\
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->''When ->''"When I made a shadow on my windowshade\\

In the allegory of the people in the cave by the Greek guy.''
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In the allegory of the people in the cave by the Greek guy.''"''
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