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An alternative (to) reality

Jones, Derek (2011). An alternative (to) reality. In: Proceedings of the Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments Conference, 21-22 Sep 2011, The Open University, Milton Keynes.

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This paper proposes that the generation of successful virtual environments relies on better understanding of how we conceive virtual and physical realities in our consciousness. In particular, to recognise that our conception of these realities is more importance than our perception of them. The failure and success of certain virtual environments are explained as the failure and success of the application of these phenomena. Firstly, making use of philosophical phenomenology, our understanding of physical reality is considered in terms of phenomenal conception and it is shown that objective perception is only one part of our relationship to physical environments. Secondly, the other point of view is considered and virtual environments are argued to be just as valid phenomenal conceptions as their physical counterparts. Finally, the translation of phenomenal conceptions between realities is considered, providing a different way of considering how we think about and design all types of reality. Several interesting potential avenues of investigation are identified and examples of the emergence of this approach are presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Not known
Extra Information: Proceedings of the Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments Conference, 21-22 September 2011, The Open University, UK (ISBN 978-1-78007-320-0)
Keywords: alternative reality; conception; perception of space; phenomenology; virtual environments; virtual learning environments
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
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Item ID: 31029
Depositing User: Derek Jones
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 13:25
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 08:23
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