A virtual environment, with its all-pervasive notion of disembodiment and other cultural repercussions associated with modernity, is argued to be a great liberator of the mind and a place to ‘ultimately open up possibilities for creating new and autonomous identities’ (Poster, 1997).Referring to the philosophy of the mind, the author presents the mind-body problem in the form in which it exists today. The author argues that only limited disembodiment takes place in Cyberspace, as we create a symbolic representation that embodies ourselves in a new virtual form of being. Therefore, the virtual environment is far from a Cartesian dualism in its purest form. The author believes that disembodiment in Cyberspace does not provide us with a truly spiritual life of the mind, but just serves as escape from reality, which might have long-term social implications yet to be learned.
How to Cite:
Tanasyuk, P., 2008. Social implications of Virtual Worlds: Duality of mind and body. iSCHANNEL, 3(1), pp.4–6.