Second Life – More Real

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In some eras human neglected his soul; in others – his mind; nowadays – it’s the body. It is of no wonder that in an era that exalts the aesthetics of the body, the body would be the thing finally neglected and abandoned in favor of a cloned image, a virtual avatar that will look so perfect – “a real more real than the real”. We are post-modern “AND” type of creatures and we should be modern in cultivating both of our Gardens.

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6 Responses to “Second Life – More Real”

  1. amirv Says:

    this is cool. As for SL – tried it. hmmm…..dissapointed. did I miss the point?

  2. muli koppel Says:

    Thanks Amir 🙂
    As for your disappointment – it takes time to get into it, and it’s just like life – only not on Earth but rather… hmm… Mars?

  3. amirv Says:

    Ancient virtual reality: Zeuxis and Parrhasius, painters of Ephesus in the 5th century BC, are reported in the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder to have staged a contest to determine which of the two was the greater artist. When Zeuxis unveiled his painting of grapes, they appeared so luscious and inviting, that birds flew down from the sky to peck at them. Zeuxis then asked Parrhasius to pull aside the curtain from his painting. When it was discovered that the curtain itself was Parrhasius’ painting, Zeuxis was forced to concede defeat, for while his work had managed to fool the eyes of birds, Parrhasius had deceived the eyes of an artist.

  4. muli koppel Says:

    “One of the major preoccupations of western art has been mimesis, the desire to create persuasive likeness. Although the modern period saw a move away from this idea in the fine arts toward various notions of abstraction, mimesis is the preoccupation of popular media culture: cinema, television, computer games. “Abstract” television is a rare thing indeed! For the fine arts, the prototypical mimetic moment is the story of Parrhasius and Zeuxis“, from “Why do we want our machines to seem alive?

  5. muli koppel Says:

    It’s hard to grasp: mimesis in all its forms tries to imitate nature, but because it is not as dynamic and ephemeral as life/nature itself it is conceived by Plato as “more real” than the object it imitates. It sounds to me so far fetched that I suspect this interpretation of Plato is probably off tracks. We should look into it more deeply…

  6. amirv Says:

    The physicist Leo Szilard once announced to his friend Hans Bethe that he was thinking of keeping a diary:”I don’t intend to publish. I am merely going to record the facts for the information of God.” “Dont you think God knows the facts?” Bethe asked. “Yes,” Said Szilard. “He knows the facts, but he does not know – this version of the facts”
    Hans christian von Beyer, Taming the Atom

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