Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy

David J. Chalmers and Tim Crane with Andrew Lee

In the coming decades, the technology that enables virtual and augmented reality will improve beyond recognition. Within a century, virtual worlds may be impossible to distinguish from non-virtual worlds. But is virtual reality just escapism? And what is reality, anyway? How do we know there's an external world? And how do we know we're not living in a computer simulation? In conversation with Andrew Lee, leading philosophers David J. Chalmers and Tim Crane will take us on a mind-bending journey through virtual worlds, illuminating the nature of reality and our place within it.

David J. Chalmers is University Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. His new book Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy is published this month by Allen Lane.

Tim Crane is professor of philosophy at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. His research attempts to address questions about the most general nature, or essence, of the human mind, and about the place of the mind in the rest of nature. timcrane.com / twitter.com/timcrane102

Andrew Lee is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on philosophical issues related to conscious experiences. andrewyuanlee.com

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Tuesday 8th February

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST) N.B. This event will last for 90 minutes