Friday, September 17, 2010

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Virtual Reality and Sacred Spaces

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” reads Hebrews 11:1 in the King James Bible. Attempts to give faith tangible form here on earth usually suffer at the hands of time, the destructive hands of humanity, or both. Thanks to modern technology’s ability to create virtual reality to supplement “real” reality, is it possible that supplementing might someday become supplanting? Is that time in the near future? For those who feel that virtual reality can never replace the spiritual reality of a sacred space, I offer the proposition that virtual reality is the new faith—truly evidence of things not seen physically but experienced on a totally different, if not astral, plane. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Evidence of Things Not Seen."

1 comment:

Amusitronix said...

Great post. Virtual Reality could very well be a new faith. Then again, I think it depends on how compelling the content of a faith is. Virtual reality shows us that humans can create their own worlds and whether or not they can be considered "real" I think is in the eye of the beholder.