Epistemics of the Virtual

Johan F. Hoorn | VU University Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027233462 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027274779 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Proposing a new theory of fiction, this work reviews the confusion about perceived realism, metaphor, virtual worlds and the seemingly obvious distinction between what is true and what is false. The rise of new media, new technology, and creative products and services requires a new examination of what ‘real’ friends are, to what extent scientific novelty is ‘true’, and whether online content is merely ‘figurative’. In this transdisciplinary theory the author evaluates cognitive theories, philosophical discussion, and topics in biology and physics, and places these in the frameworks of computer science and literary theory. The interest of the reader is continuously challenged on matters of truth, fiction, and the shakiness of our belief systems.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 12] 2012.  x, 231 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Dr. dr. Hoorn is not just broadly educated, he is deeply educated in these areas, and his scholarly work synthesizes these otherwise-disparate areas in a seamless and compelling manner. Epistemics of the Virtual brings together principles and findings from anthropology, zoology, psychology, arts, archeology, and other areas, recognizing the disciplinary origins of the work, but showing their commonality and complementarity. I have rarely if ever met an individual with as deep and unified a knowledge base as Johan Hoorn, and I consider it a privilege to have been given glimpses of his intellectual prowess.”
Epistemics of the Virtual is marked by extensive scholarship communicated in an engaging style. In addition to synthesizing and applying studies done by other researchers, Hoorn presents valuable empirical research of his own. This book is sure to be received with enthusiasm by many readers interested in the cognitive study of culture.”
“Johan Hoorn’s Epistemics of the Virtual presents a challenging novel conceptualization of fiction as “apparent” reality in a media landscape increasingly laden with iconic virtualities. This exploration is exceedingly timely, as the portrayal of events in the technologically new media usually, if not always, eludes examination of the events’ epistemological status. Hoorn addresses these circumstances, essentially, by conceiving “apparent” characters and happenings as composites of features that were experientially validated and features that were appraised as arbitrarily created or even fashioned with deceptive intention. Such stratification of features enables the accommodation of all conceivable virtual incidents and artistic machinations. Last but not least, the cognitive discernment of the epistemic status of virtual encounters is seen as duly filtered and moderated by personal convictions and cultural valuations. Hoorn supports his intriguing proposals with a wealth of fascinating exemplars drawn from a variety of scientific disciplines and the humanities.”
“As technology increasingly mediates our connection to the world and each other, the resulting blurring between what is real and what is virtual will have profound and unexpected consequences for all human endeavors. Here, Johan Hoorn struggles to with signposts to guide us in this strange new space. Epistemics of the Virtual is sure to provoke your mind.”
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2022. La visualidad algorítmica: una aproximación social a la visión artificial en la era post internet. Arte, Individuo y Sociedad 34:2  pp. 627 ff. DOI logo
Ho, Johnny K. W. & Johan F. Hoorn
2022. Quantum affective processes for multidimensional decision-making. Scientific Reports 12:1 DOI logo
Hoorn, Johan F.
2015. Machine Medical Ethics: When a Human Is Delusive but the Machine Has Its Wits About Him. In Machine Medical Ethics [Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering, 74],  pp. 233 ff. DOI logo
Hoorn, Johan F.
2015. Psychological Aspects of Technology Interacting with Humans. In The Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology,  pp. 176 ff. DOI logo
Hoorn, Johan F.
2018. The Robot Brain Server: Design of a Human-Artificial Systems Partnership. In Intelligent Human Systems Integration [Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 722],  pp. 531 ff. DOI logo
Hoorn, Johan F.
2020. Theory of Robot Communication: II. Befriending a Robot Over Time. International Journal of Humanoid Robotics 17:06  pp. 2050027 ff. DOI logo
Hsu, Wen-Chun, Hao-Chiang Koong Lin & Yu-Hsuan Lin
2017. 2017 International Conference on Applied System Innovation (ICASI),  pp. 1568 ff. DOI logo
Konijn, Elly A. & Johan F. Hoorn
2017. Parasocial Interaction and Beyond: Media Personae and Affective Bonding. In The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Konijn, Elly A., Jolanda Veldhuis, Xanthe S. Plaisier, Marloes Spekman & Anouk den Hamer
2015. Adolescent Development and Psychological Mechanisms in Interactive Media Use. In The Handbook of the Psychology of Communication Technology,  pp. 332 ff. DOI logo
Lowcre, Mea M.M. & Johan F. Hoorn
Maylin Klewer, Sophia
2020. Der Fall John Cantlie. Parasozialität als Mittel der Propaganda. In Propaganda des „Islamischen Staats“ [Aktivismus- und Propagandaforschung, ],  pp. 243 ff. DOI logo
McIntyre, Dan
2013. The year’s work in stylistics 2012. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 22:4  pp. 333 ff. DOI logo
Paauwe, Robert A., Johan F. Hoorn, Elly A. Konijn & David V. Keyson
2015. Designing Robot Embodiments for Social Interaction: Affordances Topple Realism and Aesthetics. International Journal of Social Robotics 7:5  pp. 697 ff. DOI logo
Zeman, Sonja
2018. What is a Narration – and why does it matter?. In Linguistic Foundations of Narration in Spoken and Sign Languages [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 247],  pp. 173 ff. DOI logo
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies



Main BIC Subject

HPK: Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge

Main BISAC Subject

PHI004000: PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
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