Philosophy & VR Fireside Chat


This is a user event created by The Metaverse Scholars Club What is it that you seek in life? Can virtual reality fulfill your human desires better than reality? Can VR change the state of our current human condition? Could it have an effect on the nature of the self? What is humanity becoming in the 21st century? How does virtual reality and philosophy intersect? Magnets, how do they even work!?

Join the Metaverse Scholars Club at the intersection of philosophy and virtual reality inside of AltspaceVR on Saturday March 18th at 6pm! With special guest Professor Nicholas Dungey of the Dungey State University podcast. Come experience a world-class discussion on the philosophical questions that matter. No subject is out of bounds, no idea too uncomfortable in what will become a night of scholarly exploration.


6:00 - 6:30 Mingle 6:30 - 7:30 Fireside discussion 7:30 - 8:00 Q&A + mingle


More about the event Speakers:

Professor Nicholas Dungey: Professor of Political Philosophy at California State University Northridge. Host of the Dungey State podcast, a podcast that dives deep into important and complex subjects.

James Blaha : "Chief Architect of the Matrix" and CEO at Vivid Vision, a company making a VR treatment for lazy eye, available in clinics now. James is a well known for hacking on software, music and brains.

Dara Bonakdar: A San Francisco and London based artist currently working in the virtual reality and 3D scanning/art space. He is the founder and CEO of Jahan, a platform dedicated to showcasing and 3D scanning the world's art, museums and cultural sites. Prior to settling in San Francisco ,he founded and ran a nonprofit based in India and Nepal which aimed to provide free Internet access across both countries

Maggie Lowden: Event organizer and director for the Metaverse Scholars Club, and cat wrangler in chief for the Roko’s Basilica Burning man camp. Maggie will be the moderator for the night’s conversation.

Cris Miranda : "Hype train conductor" at Vivid Vision. Creator of EnterVR, one of the longest running podcasts about virtual reality. Cris is also the first person to wear a VR headset for 100 hours in a continuous livestream.

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