OVERVIEW OF THE VIRTUAL AND THE REAL
“Is virtual reality a sort of genuine reality, or is it a fake or fictional reality? I will argue that it is a sort of genuine reality. In particular, I will argue for virtual digitalism, on which (1) virtual objects are real digital objects; (2) virtual events are digital events that really happen; (3) perception in virtual reality need not involve illusion or hallucination; and (4) one can lead as meaningful and valuable a life in a virtual world as in a non-virtual.”
David Chalmers is a philosopher working on mind, language, and reality. He is well-known for his work on consciousness, including his formulation of the “hard problem” of consciousness. Chalmers co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and has organized some of the most important conferences in the field. He also works on issues about artificial intelligence and the extended mind, focusing on the way that the technology we use extends our minds into the world. He is currently writing a book about philosophical issues arising from virtual reality.