Originally posted for Halloween.
Studies of people who use Virtual Reality as their primary form of entertainment show a spectrum of dissociation.
This idea of a spectrum of dissociation emerges as virtual reality becomes increasingly immersive and the dissociative process becomes more complete and easier to see.
Clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle suggests that users of virtual reality are in a transition from “…a modernist culture of calculation toward a postmodernist culture of simulation.”
When Turkle made these observations in 1996 immersive virtual reality was not available to average users
Turkle wrote: “Windows have become a powerful metaphor for thinking about the self as a multiple, distributed system…The self is no longer simply playing different roles in different settings at different times. The life practice of windows is that of a decentered self that exists in many worlds, that plays many roles at the same time.” Now real life itself may be, as one of Turkle’s subjects says, “just one more window.”
A couple of studies suggest that virtual reality increases dissociative behavior and reduces one’s sense of presence in objective reality.
This is from the 2013 paper Sanity and Mental health in an Age of Augmented and Virtual Realities, by Gregory P. Garvey:
“In virtual worlds like Second Life, ‘residents’ may have multiple avatars having different genders through which they enact very different personalities. Such role-playing fits with the description of Dissociative Identity Disorder in the DSM-V. Users of Second Life have experiences akin to depersonalization, de-realization or even dissociative identity disorder.”
Garvey conducted a survey of 110 users of Second Life based on the Structured Clinical Interview for Depersonalization–De-realization Spectrum.
“Many users have multiple avatars, which enact distinct identities or personalities, and this fits the criteria for dissociative identity disorder. To experience any of these disorders in real life may be considered undesirable, even pathological. But for users of Second Life such dissociative experiences are considered normal, liberating, and even transcendent.” Gregory P. Garvey, Dissociation and Second Life: Pathology or Transcendence?
For healthy people the controlled use of the dissociative process is liberating; and virtual reality gives us new ways to express ourselves and learn.
But pathological dissociation compromises the brain’s ability to differentiate
the real from the imaginary.
To dissociate pathologically is to lose ones place in time.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017
First posted 2/28/2015
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State. Chief Justice Earl Warren regarding Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924.
Tomorrow is a big day, Boys and Girls
Tomorrow Bob Mueller announces the first winners in the global Putin’s Puppets Awards.
The lucky winners get an autographed photo of Vladimir Putin in drag and lots of time in jail.
The contestants are:
Paul ‘Dogface’ Manafort
Manafort has laundered so much money he’s also known as ‘Mr. Maytag”.
Michael ‘Lock ‘er Up’ Flynn
Mike Flynn’s chants of ‘lock her up’ at anti-Clinton rallies while committing treasonous crimes against the people of the United States lowered the bar for treasonous hypocrites everywhere.
Carter ‘Twitchy Face’ Page
Twitchy Face is mentioned in the same dossier as the mythic pee-pee tapes.
His face twitches when he lies.
Roger ‘twitchy lips’ Stone
Also known as ‘that loud old drunk that spreads lies and right-wing conspiracy theories’.
Stone is also nicknamed ‘Twitchy Lips’ because his lips allegedly twitch when he kisses Trump’s ass.
Jared ‘Squeaky’ Kushner
Kushner is allegedly Putin’s backdoor man.
Donald Trump Jr.
aka ‘Love It!”
‘Love It!” allegedly met with Natasha Fatale to beg her to adopt him.
Donny ‘No Chins’ Trump
aka ‘They did it!’
Allegedly conspired with Vladimir Putin to subvert the 2016
He’s known to lie without reason and to have the uncanny
ability to get under his own skin.
Who will be the first to serve time?
My thanks to @RogueCPI for the title of this post.
On edit, 10/30/2017: Today’s winners of the Putin’s Puppets Awards are Paul ‘Dogface’ Manafort and Richard Gates. Read the indictment here: Indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates.
On edit: This scenario reminds me of my favorite Kids in the Hall skit: