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The recurring discovery I made in each virtual world I entered was that although every one of these environments was fake, the experiences I had in them were genuine.  VR does two important things:  One, it generates an intense and convincing sense of what is generally called presence.  Virtual landscapes, virtual objects, and virtual characters seem to be there — a perception that is not so much a visual illusion as a gut feeling.  That’s magical.  But the second thing it does is more important.  The technology forces you to be present — in a way flatscreens do not — so that you gain authentic experiences, as authentic as in real life.  People remember VR experiences not as a memory of something they saw but as something that happened to them.
     —    Kevin Kelly
From his article:  “Hyper Vision
In the May 2016 issue of Wired Magazine
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