Percipitopia (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bifrost/89/128/33). An experiment in museum teaching and research within the context of a renderíng of Whitehall - Irish philosopher George Berkeley's American home 1729-1731 - and envirions on the virtual campus of SDU in Second Life.

Cynthia M. Grund, Jesper Pilegaard

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Abstract

Percipitopia takes as its point of departure a "virtual Whitehall" in which visitors will be introduced to the Irish philosopher George Berkeley's thoughts, and from which further examination of philosophical issues and the history of philosophy is facilitated. The actual Whitehall was George Berkeley's American home 1729-1731, and now functions as a museum for his life and work. Berkeley (1685-1753) is an important figure in the history of philosophy who is best known for his doctrine of immaterialism, the view that the objects of perception have no extra-mental existence. Even though Berkeley only lived in Rhode Island for a few years, he had an important influence on intellectual life in colonial America.

The idea behind Percipitopia is an examination of philosophical issues which are in fact raised by virtual worlds such as Second Life. Once solely a province of science fiction, various forms of virtual reality are currently under explosive development, and are increasingly a part of everyday life. As these continue to supplement actual reality in our daily livesk our interaction with computers and our time spent in virtual worlds become more explicity contextualized as time spent in alternative reality.  This raises fundamental questions regarding the nature of reality, vision and perception.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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