Virtual Reality

The Proteus Effect

What effect does a virtual reality avatar have on the user? Can it alter your identity? Can it change how you behave in the real world? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the Proteus Effect, named for the shape-shifting, formless Greek sea god.

Mandala: Memory Palace and Simulated Worlds

The mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism entice us as artistic expressions, meta symbols and conscience expressions of a complex spiritual cosmology. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Christian explore the nature of Tibetan Buddhism, the meaning within mandalic art and how this all connects to the western mnemonic system known as ‘the memory palace’ and the modern use of simulated worlds.

Third-Person VR Linked to Reduced Memory

First-person or third-person? A new study illuminates the mind/body connection and demonstrates that humans need to feel they're in their own body in order to store new life memories.

Blow Your Mind: Virtual Sex and Linked Dreaming

Imagine a future in which an astronaut engages in a virtual, sensual encounter with her spouse back on Earth. What sort of near-future technology will make this possible - and where do we stand right now on the virtual sex front? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the technology of not only computer-mitigated sexual experience, but of linked dreaming. We discuss the topic with the appropriate decorum, but be advised that the episode does discuss the intersection of technology and sexuality.

Virtual Sex and Linked Dreaming

Imagine a future in which astronauts engage in virtual encounters with Earth-bound spouses. What sort of technology will make this possible? In this episode, Julie and Robert discuss computer-mitigated sexual experiences and linked dreaming.

Mandala: Memory Palace and Simulated Worlds

A world simulated in the mind, where fortresses of bone rise above a sea of blood. Where a pantheon of wrathful and serene deities assemble in precise arrangement. Where multi-limbed beings dance, cyclopean architecture looms high and a mountain bridges Earth to the cosmos. That's the rich world of the Mandala (Sanskrit for "circle"), an artistic visualization tool that allows Tibetan Buddhism 's most advanced psychonauts to enter heightened states of meditation. It's essentially an imagined palace, not unlike the dreamscape architects in the sci-fi film "Inception," or the famed "memory palace" mnemonic device that emerged in ancient Rome.