- Author David J. Chalmers
- Narrator Grant Cartwright
- Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
- Run Time 17 hours and 12 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, Impact of science and technology on society, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of science, Psychology: states of consciousness, Virtual reality.
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In the coming decades, the technology that enables virtual and augmented reality will improve beyond recognition. Within a century, world-renowned philosopher David J. Chalmers predicts, we will have virtual worlds that are impossible to distinguish from non-virtual worlds. But is virtual reality just escapism? In a highly original work of ‘technophilosophy’, Chalmers argues categorically, no: virtual reality is genuine reality. Virtual worlds are not second-class worlds. We can live a meaningful life in virtual reality – and increasingly, we will.
What is reality, anyway? How can we lead a good life? Is there a god? How do we know there’s an external world – and how do we know we’re not living in a computer simulation? In Reality+, Chalmers conducts a grand tour of philosophy, using cutting-edge technology to provide invigorating new answers to age-old questions.
Drawing on examples from pop culture, literature and film that help bring philosophical issues to life, Reality+ is a mind-bending journey through virtual worlds, illuminating the nature of reality and our place within it.
© David J. Chalmers 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
Delightfully – or perhaps worryingly – convincing… A brilliant and very readable philosophical investigation… [Chalmers] tackles some frankly mindbending ideas, but does so in a lively and entertaining style, filled with references to pop cultureGuardian
Everyone should read this important bookSunday Times
Fascinating… Thoughtful, clear and funny… Reality+ is a gripping act of philosophical escapology… Hugely entertainingThe Times
One of the most important living philosophers, existing in an exclusive club of living thinkers who are on compulsory reading lists for undergraduate philosophy students… He writes with admirable clarity and there’s something quite rock’n’roll about himSpectator
[Chalmers] deftly interweaves the finer points of ancient Chinese philosophy and Cartesian dualism with the metaphysics of the Matrix films and the World of Warcraft computer games… A rich, scintillating […] book that reflects many fascinating facets of our virtual worldsFinancial Times
A David Chalmers book is a competition. On the one hand the writing is so clear and engaging that you want to keep turning pages; on the other, the ideas are so surprising and profound that you are continually stopping to think about them. Reality+ is a treasure trove of provocative reflections on cosmology, consciousness, artificial intelligence, ethics, and more. Reading it will change the way you think about the universeSean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime