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David Chalmers: Virtual Reality Is as Real as Real Reality


Illustration of philosopher David Chalmers.

Credit: Jennie Edwards

The Australian-born philosopher David Chalmers has long made waves in the world of consciousness. Now co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University, Chalmers has turned his attention from our mind's relationship with the world to our relationship with worlds created by human minds.

In an interview, Chalmers discusses his new book, Reality+: virtual worlds and the problems of philosophy, in which he explores existential puzzles, including what reality is, whether we are living in a simulation, and how we would know. And, he ponders what corporate digital metaverses from Meta (formerly Facebook) and other tech companies mean for humanity.

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