There is the red pill and blue pill in the matrix.

Is it logical to conclude there are three options?

Would it be logical that the blue pill does the same as not taking the pill.

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    4 possibilities: Take the red pill. Take the blue pill. Take both pills. Take neither pill. Unless something prevents you from taking both.
    – JRE
    Nov 18, 2020 at 11:58
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    @JRE talking both sounds like a bad idea.
    – William
    Nov 18, 2020 at 11:58
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    Please enumerate what you think those options are. From a strictly mathematical point of view there are 4 options available.
    – DavidW
    Nov 18, 2020 at 11:59
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    xkcd.com/566 Nov 18, 2020 at 13:39
  • @DanielRoseman - re:xkcd - if you tell people (inside the Matrix) that they are in a simulation they die.
    – Valorum
    Nov 18, 2020 at 14:53

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No, it's a binary choice, Red Pill OR Blue Pill (what in binary logic is known as an exclusive or, or XOR for short).

You won't be allowed to leave, unless you want to fight your way out (and good luck with that).
You either continue on the journey "you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes" (the Red Pill), or "you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe" (the Blue Pill), forgetting all about Morpheus and this conversation including the choice between two pills, and the fact you have actually taken one.

No third choice of taking neither pill.

No fourth choice of taking both pills.

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    So could Neo be stuck there forever theoretically speaking.
    – William
    Nov 18, 2020 at 12:05
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    Sure, forever . . . or until Switch and Cypher hold him down and Morpheus stuffs the blue pill down his throat, whichever comes first. Either way, he's taking one of the pills. Nov 18, 2020 at 12:09
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    From the Red Pill and Blue Pill Wikipedia page The terms "red pill" and blue pill" refer to a choice between revealing an unpleasant truth, represented by the red pill, and remaining in blissful ignorance, represented by the blue pill So maybe it just didn't work properly on Tiera Nov 18, 2020 at 13:33
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    @Valorum Rather than my own interpretation, I've updated the answer used quotes from Morpheus to describe the consequences of each pill. Nov 18, 2020 at 13:37
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    Choice three is that Switch whacks you until you're unconscious, chucks you in the boot of the car and dumps you by the roadside in a gutter
    – Valorum
    Nov 18, 2020 at 14:50

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