Words Made Flesh

Words Made Flesh : Virtual Reality, Humanity and the Cosmos

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The book that launched the virtual reality debate back in 1986 is back in print - with four additional appendices. It raises the question: Which is most fundamental - matter, energy or information? Are we living in a virtual, information-based reality? Or are we simply bound to believe that we are? Independence, randomness and irrelevance are basic qualities expected of material reality, but costly attributes in a virtual reality where connectedness would be the expected norm - suggesting a magical universe where divination and action at a distance are to be expected. Do traditional notions of angels, gods, other dimensions and spiritual worlds, assume new significance in a virtual reality? Ramsey Dukes takes you on a voyage of discovery and nothing will ever be the same. Everything will, however, be differentshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 12mm | 399.99g
  • The Mouse That Spins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0904311112
  • 9780904311112
  • 835,243

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"The book that launched the virtual reality debate is back in print - with four additional appendices" "Films like The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Avalon and Open Your Eyes explore the idea that we could be inhabiting a virtual universe. This book not only launched the idea in 1986, it explored the implications for magic, science and humanity in greater depth than any subsequent treatment." "A powerful idea, years before its time" Richard Elen on Amazon.co.uk I first encountered Ramsey Dukes, or whomever you may like to call him, via his book "SSOTBME," which I reviewed for an alternative technology magazine when it was first published. It was a ground-breaking work that still stands up today. It was thus with great pleasure that I accepted the offer to design and produce the original edition of "Words Made Flesh" in I think 1988, which is now superseded by the present edition. The book discusses how our world might look if it was in fact a computer simulation, and part of the way it does so is to intertwine within the first few chapters an engaging little science fiction story. Today, the idea is quite widespread, not least as a result of the Matrix movies and their ilk, but instead of looking at effects, with this book you can look a good deal deeper. Ramsey Dukes has a wonderful sense of humour, a suitable disregard for convention, and an incredible depth. Every one of his writings has something to tell us, on several different levels, and on paper he comes across as our very own British equivalent of Robert Anton Wilson. This latest edition of WMF includes additional material that contributes helpfully and meaningfully to our understanding of the material, while adding useful more recent insights into the original text."show more

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