Next Wednesday 4 May from 21:00 we will have the pleasure of hosting Paolo Riberi again on our channels for the presentation of his new book, Neo's awakening. Mythology, Gnosis, Freemasonry and Metaverse from "The Matrix" to "Resurrections", just published by Lindau.
From 1999, when "The Matrix" was released, passing through 2003, the year of "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions", until 2022 and the recent "The Matrix Resurrections", the Neo film saga has not ceased to interest and fascinate an increasingly large audience, deeply affecting the collective imagination. For the vast majority of viewers, the visionary tale outlined by the Wachowski sisters speaks of sinister artificial intelligences, software, viruses, spaceships and virtual worlds so advanced that they are almost indistinguishable from reality. But are we really sure that “The Matrix” is just the umpteenth cinematic heir to the futuristic tales of Orwell, Asimov and Gibson? What if the filmmakers were not looking at a dark tomorrow at all, but at the past, and at the burgeoning mythological, religious and esoteric tradition of humanity? Moving among archetypes, mythologems, Gnostic gospels, Buddhist religiosity, shamanism and Masonic symbology, Riberi's agile essay leads the reader to discover what really lurks in the depths of the White Rabbit's lair ...
Paolo Riberi has a degree in Ancient Philology and Literature and in Economics from the University of Turin. Scholar of ancient history and literature of Christian origins, he is a member of the Italian Society of the History of Religions (SISR), and is the author of various essays dedicated to the world of the apocryphal gospels and to the thought of the Gnostics, including The Apocalypse of Adam (2013) Mary Magdalene and the others (2015) Red pill or black lodge? (2017) The Gnostic Apocalypse of Light (2019) Abraxas: the magic of the drum (2021, four hands with Igor Caputo), The Serpent and the Cross (2021) and Neo's Awakening (2022). He is also a co-author, together with prof. Giancarlo Genta of the Polytechnic of Turin, of Over the horizon (2019), a study on the historical-philosophical legacy of Western scientific technology.