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What Ways Might The Virtual World Enhance Our Personhood?

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There is a grand process that has been present throughout the history of humanity that is called neoteny. This process refers to the carry-over of the child phase of life into adulthood. If you look at human history, you find that as we have become more successful, childhood has become longer. The virtual world fits into this because it helps make dreams real. Children flip between the world as they imagine it and the world as it is. But by being able to build a shared objective world that is as fluid as imagination they - and adults - can bring some of the qualities of imagination into a world that is shared with others. I believe that's what's actually started to happen. I see VR as an accelerator for the process of neoteny.

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