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PGSA Interdisciplinary Public Lecture - David Chalmers

Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Storrs Campus
Homer Babbidge Library Video Theater II

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is pleased to announce its first annual Interdisciplinary Public Lecture, which aims to bring together philosophy and other disciplines across UConn, with a focus on graduate education.

Our speaker this year will be philosopher David Chalmers, who is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of the Centre for Consciousness at ANU, and Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at NYU. The lecture is titled "Virtual Reality and Spatial Illusions" and the abstract is as follows:

"Do virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift produce the illusion of an external reality? Or do they produce non-illusory experiences of a virtual reality? I address this question by starting with an analogous question about mirrors. When one looks in a mirror, does one undergo the illusion that there is someone on the other side of the mirror, or does one have a non-illusory experience of someone on this side of the mirror? I will argue that at least for familiar users of mirrors, there is no illusion. Knowledge of mirrors provides a sort of cognitive orientation (a variety of cognitive penetration) that affects the content of visual experience and renders it non-illusory. I will suggest that familiar users of virtual reality devices have a similar sort of cognitive orientation that renders their experience non-illusory."

This lecture will be aimed at professors, graduates and motivated undergraduates from ALL disciplines.


Nathan Kellen,

Philosophy Graduate Student Association (primary), Cognitive Science Program, Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning Research G, Humanities Institute, Philosophy Department, UConn Master Calendar

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