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by Ramsey Dukes




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 different

Download Words Made Flesh: Information In Formation epub
ISBN: 0904311112
ISBN13: 978-0904311112
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Ramsey Dukes
Language: English
Publisher: The Mouse That Spins; 2nd edition (April 4, 2003)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1353 kb
FB2 size: 1804 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 299
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dear citizens of the matrix,
... we confess we didn't actually remember this particular book till we read the other reviews. It is our least favorite book by Ramsey Dukes and yet, we still recommend it because like everything else he has written it is original, inventive and more often than not, clever and sometimes hilarious. Ramsey Dukes has an innovative mind, and approaches life and the magic of life in ways that few considered until reading him. He is always worth reading.
kyela,
the silver elves
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Inth
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK, and constantly recommend it to everybody I know...

Imagine that we had the ability to create a virtual reality universe in a computer, a universe populated by people who have thoughts, dreams, feelings, etc., and produce societies, religions, wars, and inventions. Now, take this a step further and imagine that the people in this virtual reality invent yet another computer universe. If our virtual model can create another virtual model, what's to say that we're the original?

This is one of the philosophical riddles that Ramsey Dukes investigates in Words Made Flesh, which is a mindbender of a book that has the potential to make your view of life infinitely more interesting. Instead of asking questions about what a virtual world would be like, it encounters how our experience of life would change if we realized that we ourselves are in a virtual world. This possibility has exciting similarities to religious perspectives of Buddhism, Hinduism, Gnosticism, Christianity and others, which identify our material world as an illusory place where our souls take temporary residence in physical bodies.

While the philosophical possibilities of virtual reality form the backbone of the book, the main emphasis of the book is Dukes examination of the way different world views affect our experience of the world... how deeply people can saturate themselves with a particular belief system, and how vividly they experience the world in this way. Some people vividly experience the world as a battle between God and the devil, and every thought and action is weighed against this background. Others cannot accept the existence of things which cannot be immediately experienced by the senses, and perhaps view the world as a byproduct of random physical interactions.

The book does not try to provide any concrete answers, Dukes clearly emphasizes that his hope is to encourage readers to expand their perceptions, and imagine new possibilities. The final chapters of the book give some extremely interesting exercises for readers, to make the books theory a vivid part of their life. Amazing!