Surviving the Age of Virtual Reality

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University of Missouri Press, 2000 - Computers - 184 pages
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As the technological phenomenon known as the worldwide web permeates civilization, it creates some cultures and destroys others. In this pioneering book, philosopher Thomas Langan explores "virtual reality"Can inherently contradictory phrase"and the effects of technology on our very being. In our present-day high- technology environment, making simple, everyday decisions is difficult because the virtual world we've created doesn't necessarily operate according to the old "common sense." To retain our intellectual fitness, we must, Langan argues, consider these essential questions: If virtual reality is, in fact, reality, what is this life that we are caught up in? What is being within the context of virtual reality? How can we establish a system for distinguishing truth from fiction? Although technology minimizes distances between people and makes the information they seek more accessible, it simultaneously blurs the line dividing fact from falsehood and real from virtual. An individual's intellectual survival is threatened as technological advancement challenges our collective understanding of what reality is. Because much of the information that is presented as fact simply works to fulfill a specific agenda, we cannot accept as truth everything that appears on the internet or in the media. To survive, we must learn to manage our lives and resources despite the flood of information we are bombarded with daily. Addressing the general educated reader, Surviving the Age of Virtual Reality expertly interweaves the worlds of technology and philosophy, pushing the analysis of this technological and human phenomenon to new depths.
 

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Contents

The Heart of HTX Capitalism
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many analysts turn out to be quite superficially informed Also
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there might be 30 million people there but they are
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Basically I believe it fair to say HTX education is
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name22 If he is inarticulate incapable of writing a good
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1 the growth of bureaucracies 2 the
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sensitivity emotional imbalance social deviance or political opinion
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cannot control our destinies we are meant to contemplate and
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Corporation status was very rarely granted to a manufacturing
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Complexities of size of firm versus efficiency and of monopolies
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now slowing population growth polluting the earth and covering the
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resist at the core The clash of civilizations is today
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emerging world system and on the other the existential distance
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brilliant inventive insight
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symbols without context which are in the HTX
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petition and the seven Ss of strategy with fearsome flow
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institutions therapy and psychiatric institutions and get away spas
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chief information officers in huge firms can themselves be
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ergy and therefore to include it in the analytic plans
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Accuracy Coverage and Proof of Both
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physical reality is analyzed with all variables isolated by being
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Dont Lose Contact with Reality but
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Most Reality Comes to Us by Faith
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health our long life expectancy so that in a certain
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What Do You Want?
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Table 2
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teleological and Lamarckianbut now we may have to change
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would add that the power of the gene is being
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have yet to see any return I added that the
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ucts They are the real power Power is illusory I
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