Finding a few thought-provoking snippets on the nature of reality lately.
Virtual realities are valid
I recently read part of Reality+, a book by David Chalmers which argues that virtual reality is as real – and has equal possibility for a fulfilling life – as “normal” reality. His central thesis, verbatim:
Virtual reality is genuine reality. Or at least, virtual realities are genuine realities. Virtual worlds need not be second-class realities. They can be first-class realities.
Excerpt pulled from here. I DNF’ed the book because I had to return it to the library before I could finish it (its long!)
Sometimes, simulation > reality
An excerpt from Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco which reflects on the intentional seeking out of simulation for the sake of living out a daydream: