Infinite Reality

Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

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Author: Jim Blascovich,Jeremy Bailenson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006204169X

Category: Science

Page: 320

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“Enough with speculation about our digital future. Infinite Reality is the straight dope on what is and isn’t happening to us right now, from two of the only scientists working on the boundaries between real life and its virtual extensions.” —Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed How achievable are the virtual experiences seen in The Matrix, Tron, and James Cameron’s Avatar? Do our brains know where “reality” ends and “virtual” begins? In Infinite Reality, Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson, two pioneering experts in the field of virtual reality, reveal how the human brain behaves in virtual environments and examine where radical new developments in digital technology will lead us in five, fifty, and five hundred years.

Infinite Paths to Infinite Reality

Sri Ramakrishna and Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Religion

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Author: Ayon Maharaj

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190868236

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

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"This pioneering study examines the philosophy of the nineteenth-century Indian mystic Sri Ramakrishna and brings him into dialogue with recent Western thinkers. Sri Ramakrishna's expansive conception of God as the impersonal-personal Infinite Reality, Maharaj argues, opens up an entirely new paradigm for addressing central issues in the philosophy of religion"--

Virtual Reality Technology

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Author: Grigore C. Burdea,Philippe Coiffet

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111948572X

Category: Computers

Page: 464

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A groundbreaking Virtual Reality textbook is now even better Virtual reality is a very powerful and compelling computer application by which humans interact with computer-generated environments in a way that mimics real life and engages various senses. Although its most widely known application is in the entertainment industry, the real promise of virtual reality lies in such fields as medicine, engineering, oil exploration, and the military, to name just a few. Through virtual reality, scientists can triple the rate of oil discovery, pilots can dogfight numerically superior "bandits," and surgeons can improve their skills on virtual (rather than real) patients. This Second Edition of the first comprehensive technical book on virtual reality provides updated and expanded coverage of the technology such as: Input and output interfaces including touch and force feedback Computing architecture (with emphasis on the rendering pipeline and task distribution) Object modeling (including physical and behavioral aspects) Programming for virtual reality (WorldToolKit, Java 3D, GHOST, and PeopleShop) An in-depth look at human factors issues, user performance, and sensorial conflict aspects of VR Traditional and emerging VR applications The new edition of Virtual Reality Technology is specifically designed for use as a textbook. Thus, it includes definitions, review questions, and a CD-ROM with video clips that reinforce the topics covered. The CD-ROM also contains a Laboratory Manual with homework and programming assignments in VRML and Java 3D, as follows: Introduction to VRML and Java 3D Sensor and Event Processing VRML and JavaScript Scene Hierarchy, Geometry, and Texture VRML PROTO and Glove Devices Viewpoint Control, Sound, and Haptic Effects The Second Edition will serve as a state-of-the-art resource for both undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, computer science, and other disciplines.

The Creation: Its Infinite Features and Finite Realms Volume Iv

The Infinite Features and Finite Realms of the Creation, and the Life That Dwells Therein

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Author: Jack Hetrick

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1524572357

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 198

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In 1996, a discovery was made of a body of knowledge which is believed to have important implications for the future of man. In that year, it was discovered that many cultural artifacts produced by man since about 30,000 BC possess an unusual symbolism. In The Creation: Its Infinite Features and Finite Realms, artifacts of man that possess this unusual symbolism are referred to as inspired sources. Volume IV of The Creation series addresses inspired sources that pertain to the destiny of man to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ and expand the kingdom of God to other stellar systems in the Milky Way Galaxy and, ultimately, to distant parts of the universe in the future age. This study also briefly addresses the means, that is, spaceship propulsion, wormhole travel, and black hole travel, by which man and other living entities who serve the Creator in the present age will travel to stellar and galactic destinations in the future age.

Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom, and God

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Author: Robert M. Wallace

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521844840

Category: Philosophy

Page: 346

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Showing the relevance of Hegel's arguments, this 2005 book discusses both original texts and their interpretations.

Atmabodha: Knowledge of Self

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Author: A. Parthasarathy

Publisher: A. Parthasarathy

ISBN: 9381094128

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 138

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The text composed by Adi Shankaracharya presents a gallery of several word paintings. Each depicts a philosophical idea to help the seeker comprehend the subtle theme of the scriptures. The commentary elucidates its striking similes and metaphors taken from nature and life. Together they prepare a spiritual practioner to gain the awareness of the supreme Reality in all walks of life. And lead him to the realisation of the supreme Self.

Logic in Reality

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Author: JOSEPH BRENNER

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402083750

Category: Philosophy

Page: 362

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This book is both dif?cult and rewarding, affording a new perspective on logic and reality, basically seen in terms of change and stability, being and becoming. Most importantly it exemplifies a mode of doing philosophy of science that seems a welcome departure from the traditional focus on purely analytic arguments. The author approaches ontology, metaphysics, and logic as having offered a number of ways of constructing the description of reality, and aims at deepening their relationships in a new way. Going beyond the mere abstract and formal aspects of logical analysis, he offers a new architecture of logic that sees it as applied not only to the “reasoning processes” belonging to the first disciplinary group – ontology – but also directly concerned with en- ties, events, and phenomena studied by the second one – metaphysics. It is the task of the book to elaborate such a constructive logic, both by offering a lo- cal view of the structure of the reality in general and by proffering a wealth of models able to encompass its implications for science. In turning from the merely formal to the constructive account of logic Brenner overcomes the limitation of logic to linguistic concepts so that it can be not only a logic “of” reality but also “in” that reality which is constitutively characterized by a number of fundamental dualities (observer and observed, self and not-self, internal and external, etc.

The Gift of Being Human

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Author: Rittik Chandra

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736874901

Category: Self-Help

Page: 215

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There is One Power in the Universe—One Energy—One Force. And that Power, Energy and Force is a manifestation of the One Life. There can be no other Power, for there is none other than the One from whom Power may come. And there can be no manifestation of Power that is not the Power of the One, for no other Power can be in existence. The Power of the One is visible in its manifestations to us in the natural laws and forces of Nature—which we call the Creative Will. The Life Principle or Creative Will is constantly in action, creating, preserving, and carrying on life in its functions. We may call this Instinct or Nature, but it is the Creative Will in action. This Will is back of all Power, Energy, or Force—be it physical, mechanical or mental force. And all Force that we use, consciously or unconsciously, comes from the One Great Source of Power. If we could but see clearly, we would know that back of us is the Power of the Universe, awaiting our intelligent uses, under the control of the Will of the All. There is nothing to be afraid of, for we are manifestations of the One Life, from which all Power proceeds, and the Real Self is above the effect, for it is part of the Cause. But over and above—under and behind—all forms of Being, Matter, Energy, Force and Power, is the ABSOLUTE—ever Calm; ever Peaceful; ever Content. In knowing this it becomes us to manifest that spirit of absolute Trust, Faith and Confidence in the Goodness and Ultimate Justice of That which is the only Reality there is.

Immanent Transcendence

Reconfiguring Materialism in Continental Philosophy

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Author: Patrice Haynes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441150862

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Over the last twenty years materialist thinkers in the continental tradition have increasingly emphasized the category of immanence. Yet the turn to immanence has not meant the wholesale rejection of the concept of transcendence, but rather its reconfiguration in immanent or materialist terms: an immanent transcendence. Through an engagement with the work of Deleuze, Irigaray and Adorno, Patrice Haynes examines how the notion of immanent transcendence can help articulate a non-reductive materialism by which to rethink politics, ethics and theology in exciting new ways. However, she argues that contrary to what some might expect, immanent accounts of matter and transcendence are ultimately unable to do justice to material finitude. Indeed, Haynes concludes by suggesting that a theistic understanding of divine transcendence offers ways to affirm fully material immanence, thus pointing towards the idea of a theological materialism.