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Immersion vs. Interactivity: Virtual Reality and Literary
Dept. of English Colorado State University
Postmodern Culture v.5 n.1 (September, 1994)
In the ideal VR system the user will be
able to grab and move objects, to mold them through the
touch of the hand, or to change their colors with the
stroke of a virtual paintbrush. In this mode of
communication there will be no need for the user to
translate her vision into sets of precise instructions.
Purely visual thinking will be implemented by means of
practical, non-symbolic gestures. As Pimentel and Texeira
Simply, virtual reality, like writing and mathematics,
is a way to represent and communicate what you can
imagine with your mind. But it can be more powerful
because it doesn't require you to convert your ideas
into abstract symbols with restrictive semantic and
syntactic rules, and it can be shared by other people.
The mystics of ages past (such as Swedenborg, an esoteric
philosopher of the XVIIIth century) had a term for this
radically anti-semiotic mode of communication. They called
it "the language of the angels."
Immersion and Literary Theory...
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I'll soon begin my Masters, which will allow me to learn another language parallel to the actual studies. I speak English, German and French and wonder which language would be a good addition - I have some basic knowledge of Spanish, and it would be pretty nice to be able to read Borges, Garcia Marquez and all those handsome motherfuckers in their original language.
But at the same time, I somehow really want to learn Japanese, eg for pic related.
What does /lit/ think? Spanish, Japanese, or some other /lit/-tier language? Maybe Russian? Usefulness apart from literature (ie job prospects) would be a big plus.
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>My man in the pub was at the very low end of what believers will do and pay for: the Richard Dawkins website offers followers the chance to join the ‘Reason Circle’, which, like Dante’s Hell, is arranged in concentric circles. For $85 a month, you get discounts on his merchandise, and the chance to meet ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science personalities’. Obviously that’s not enough to meet the man himself. For that you pay $210 a month — or $5,000 a year — for the chance to attend an event where he will speak.
>When you compare this to the going rate for other charismatic preachers, it does seem on the high side. The Pentecostal evangelist Morris Cerullo, for example, charges only $30 a month to become a member of ‘God’s Victorious Army’, which is bringing ‘healing and deliverance to the world’. And from Cerullo you get free DVDs, not just discounts.
>But the $85 a month just touches the hem of rationality. After the neophyte passes through the successively more expensive ‘Darwin Circle’ and then the ‘Evolution Circle’, he attains the innermost circle, where for $100,000 a year or more he gets to have a private breakfast or lunch with Richard Dawkins, and a reserved table at an invitation-only circle event with ‘Richard’ as well as ‘all the benefits listed above’, so he still gets a discount on his Richard Dawkins T-shirt saying ‘Religion — together we can find a cure.’