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A philosophical adventure in virtual reality

Author: Philip Zhai
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

A unique and highly controversial defense of the possibilities in our new technologies to expand our idea of what is real. Zhai's explanation of the role significance of virtual reality is  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Zhai
ISBN: 0847689832 9780847689835
OCLC Number: 641709519
Description: xix, 215 pages
Contents: Part 1 Part I: How to Go "Behind" Physical Space Chapter 2 Playing the Game: Get Wired to Go Weird Chapter 3 What If Now Chapter 4 Cross-Communication Situations Chapter 5 Interpersonal-Telepresence: I Am HERE! Chapter 6 The Community of Interpersonal-Telepresence Chapter 7 the Principle of Reciprocity Part 8 Part II: The Casual and the Digital Under the Virtual Chapter 9 The Four Sources of Virtual Reality Input Chapter 10 Manipulation of the Physical Process from Cyberspace Chapter 11 Cybersex and Reproduction Chapter 12 The Expansion beyond Necessity Chapter 13 Interaction among Participants Chapter 14 The Final Decision That Is Irreversible Part 15 Part III: The Parallelism Between the Virtual and the Actual Chapter 16 Deconstructing Rules for the "Real" and the "Illusory" Chapter 17 Communicative Rationality as the Final Rule Chapter 18 How Phenomenological Descriptions Are the Same Throughout Chapter 19 Fundamental Philosophical Questions Remain Part 20 Part IV: All are Optional Expect the Mind Chapter 21 John Searle's False Notion of Body Image in the Brain Chapter 22 The Fallacy of Unity Projection Chapter 23 The One-ness of Consciousness, Brain, and Quantum Mechanics Chapter 24 A Conjecture: The Square Root of -1 as the Psy-Factor Part 25 Part V: The Meaning of Life and Virtual Reality Chapter 26 Recapitulation and Anticipation Chapter 27 Meaning as Different from Happiness: Brave New World? Chapter 28 Meaning and the Creator Chapter 29 Significant Difference versus Real Difference Chapter 30 Three Modes of Subjectivity and Intentionality Chapter 31 Meaning, Ideality, and Humanitude Chapter 32 Virtual Rreality: The Way Home Part 33 Part VI: VR and the Destiny of Humankind Chapter 34 the Fragility of Technological Civilization Chapter 35 The Question of Death Chapter 36 Transcendence of Personhood and Immortality Chapter 37 What Could Happen Soon Chapter 38 Virtual Reality and the Ontological Re-Creation Chapter 39 Appendix: Jaron Lanier's Virtual reality Debut Interview Chapter 40 Notes Chapter 41 Glossary Chapter 42 Bibliography Chapter 43 Index
Responsibility: Philip Zhai.


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