“Lisp is the red pill.”

— John Fraser, comp.lang.lisp

The first appearance of the concept of the “red pill” in the 1999 film The Matrix. A hacker named Morpheus offers a choice to the film’s protagonist, Neo, to take the blue pill, where “the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe”, or to take the red pill, where “you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbithole goes.”

The term redpill is a pop culture term that was popularised in science fiction culture via the 1999 film The Matrix. The movie relies on the premise that an artificial reality that is advanced enough will be indistinguishable from reality and that no test exists that can conclusively prove that reality is not a simulation. This ties in closely with the skeptical idea that the everyday world is illusory. In the movie, a Redpill is the term used to describe a human who has been freed from the Matrix, a fictional computer-generated world set in 1999. Bluepill refers to a human still connected to the Matrix.

— Wikipedia on Redpill

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