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Get Real : A Philosophical Adventure in Virtual Reality - Philip Zhai

Get Real

A Philosophical Adventure in Virtual Reality

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Published: 1st January 1998
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Philip Zhai embarks upon a daring adventure in the world of virtual reality. Arguing that whatever reasons we have for justifying the materiality of the actual world are equally valid for justifying the materiality of the virtual world once we are immersed in it. Zhai asserts that the only important difference between the actual and the virtual world is that we are cocreators of the latter: Gods 'R Us.

The book is a philosophical joyride supported by solid scholarship ...The author combines analysis with insight into things that matter ... First-rate ... written with clarity, verve, and insight. -- Michael Hein, author of The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality Get Real has the potential to become a landmark in both philosophy and virtual reality. The clearly written text progresses systematically through one hard issue after another. Whether or not one agrees with all of the conclusions, this is a book to be studied and then restudied. Vr In The Schools ... fascinating. The various levels are particularly intriguing as one thinks about the various ways one could incorporate them in an experience, and the whole question of 'real.' -- David W. Ellis, president and director of Science Museum (Boston) ... thought provoking and original. Electronics Now Get Realis a philosophical tour de force, an astonishing and articulate work that is as challenging as it is engaging. Midwest Book Review Based on research and logical analysis, the author offers a reasoned investigation into the way new technology is changing the very notion of reality and makes an original, provocative defense of the concept of virtual reality. Baker and Taylor Forecast ...nearly every page is brimming with challenging philosophical ideas. ...Zhai has many creative and important insights. Philosophy in Review Lately, this reviewer has become skeptical about books that take a philosophical view of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Get Real is a refreshing change, from an author with credentials in both philosophy and engineering. In six very concise and well-written chapters he performs a philosophical exploration of the world of virtual reality... Zhai has developed a book that is sure to be well received in both the philosophical and computing communities. CHOICE Get Real takes a smart, lucid, joyful look at invented realities that just may be more real than any of us dares to believe. Get Real takes a smart, lucid, joyful look at invented realities that just may be more real than any of us dares to believe. Trix-Mix Magazine The book appeals to both the intellect and the imagination and is a worthwhile one. Independent Publisher

Preface
Acknowledgments
How to Go "behind" Physical Space
Playing the Game: Get Wired to Go Weirdp. 2
What If Now ...p. 4
Cross-Communication Situationsp. 9
Interpersonal-Telepresence: I Am Here!p. 15
The Community of Interpersonal-Telepresencep. 23
The Principle of Reciprocityp. 31
The Causal and the Digital under the Virtual
The Four Sources of Virtual Reality Inputp. 38
Manipulation of the Physical Process from Cyberspacep. 40
Cybersex and Reproductionp. 43
The Expansion beyond Necessityp. 47
Interaction among Participantsp. 54
The Final Decision That Is Irreversible: Alert!p. 57
The Parallelism between the Virtual and the Actual
Deconstructing Rules for the "Real" and the "Illusory"p. 63
Communicative Rationality as the Final Rulep. 75
How Phenomenological Descriptions Are the Same Throughoutp. 78
Fundamental Philosophical Questions Remainp. 84
All Are Optional Except the Mind
John Searle's False Notion of Body Image in the Brainp. 89
The Fallacy of Unity Projectionp. 100
The One-ness of Consciousness, Brain, and Quantum Mechanicsp. 110
A Conjecture: The Square Root of -1 as the Psy-Factorp. 114
The Meaning of Life and Virtual Reality
Recapitulation and Anticipationp. 119
Meaning as Different from Happiness: Brave New World?p. 122
Meaning and the Creatorp. 126
Significant Difference versus Real Differencep. 128
Three Modes of Subjectivity and Intentionalityp. 138
Meaning, Ideality, and Humanitudep. 147
Virtual Reality: The Way Homep. 151
VR and the Destiny of Humankind
The Fragility of Technological Civilizationp. 155
The Question of Deathp. 158
Transcendence of Personhood and Immortalityp. 161
What Could Happen Soonp. 166
Virtual Reality and the Ontological Re-Creationp. 170
Jaron Lanier's Virtual Reality Debut Interviewp. 175
Notesp. 197
Glossaryp. 203
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 209
About the Authorp. 215
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ISBN: 9780847689835
ISBN-10: 0847689832
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.51