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The synthetic experience as an exoskeleton of the mind

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The synthetic experience can be understood as the natural experience extended through technological means. These means are usually designed to immerse a person or people into a representation of reality, being that reality is one of being immersed in a task, a state of mind or an imagined space, or a combination of them. To represent reality, technology is built around the human perceptual system that connects with the focus of its attention towards the outside world. In handling reality, the human perceptual system also extends inwards, to patterns of reasoning where the structure of the body, that is, the perceptual system itself, models the organization of ideas and interaction. Therefore, a synthetic experience has unique potential to allow for interaction with structures of the mind.
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Keywords: Augmented Reality; Virtual Reality; consciousness; embodiment; enaction; immersion; mind; synthetic experience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Plymouth and Adler Planetarium

Publication date: May 17, 2012

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