What virtual reality really is is a strategy to let us turn ourselves inside out, so that we see each other’s minds.” In the 1980s and 90s psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna saw the development of virtual reality technology as an integral part of human evolution, which he referred to as visible language. Much like all other languages, this visible language contained the potential to not just rewrite human culture, and individual human identity–but might also be an integral component to birthing a posthuman condition as well. In this talk, author and longtime McKenna researcher Eliott Edge provides an overview of the entheobotinist’s ideas regarding VR, the future of language, psychedelics, identity, and how these all may help provide a platform for the evolution of our culture and species.
Eliott Edge is an author, essayist, international speaker, and multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. He has published and presented original material through The Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, The Museum of Computer Arts, The University of Melbourne, Anthology Film Archives, C.G. Jung Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, Fenris Wolf, Reality Sandwich, and Disinformation. He is on the Media and Arts advisory board of the existential risk think tank The Lifeboat Foundation, a member of the psychoanalytic group Das Unbehagen, and founder of the free academic learning Educating Earth. He is also a poet, blogger, and humorist and often writes on VR, consciousness, the simulation hypothesis, psychology, and the occult.