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Academic Analysis of In-Game

There is one of those must-read books recently published by MIT Press called In-Game: From Immersion to Incorporation by Gordon Calleja. It looks fascinating and well worth the read for a sophisticated and thus scholarly discourse upon the gaming experience. It does carry a hefty price tag for a hardcover at $30.00 but I personally think it is well worth it. There needs to be more of a concentration between academic studies of gaming and development of gaming. If these two can coincide with a deep philosophical-theoretical understanding of immersion or incorporation as Calleja puts it, the better the industry will recognize the implications of what they do and how they do it, and most importantly why gamers get pissed.

Aside from enabling us to transcend the practical limitations of our environment, digital games became popular because they transported our imaginations to the places represented on the screen. We no longer had to imagine landscapes of forests and mountains to roam in; they were right there in front of us.

Ahh yes, the power and ramifications of a screen-culture.


The Sociology of Philosophies by Randall Collins

Below are some random thoughts and notes that are relevant to a great book I have been glancing at recently called The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (SoP for short) by Randall Collins. This is of course strictly in-between reads of An Introduction to Metaphysics. I will have an article on the topic of metaphysics posted shortly on The Known Quantity, so keep your fingers crossed.

Sociology has always interested me personally. It seems the more and more I delve into philosophical topics the closer I brush up alongside it. Whether its the discipline of science generally or postmodern philosophy particularly, sociology plays an important role in both. I suppose this is because language used in sociology seems to have a type of meta-utility for all types of specific disciplines. Put that way, to me the philosophy of sociological language seems like a ripe macro-level concept for study by sociologists.

SoP is an epic book, more than 1,000 pages. However on page 21 it states:

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The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science

The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science, “Evolution and Ethics” by Michael Ruse, pg. 855 to 862.[link]

Ruse begins by distinguishing between moral discourse, or that which when discussed becomes a morality. So that the content of moral discourse is ethics. Ethics which come in two flavors; normative or substantive (also called ethics or metaethics). These Ruse equates normal ethics and metaethics to the moral statements of; “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “God wants you to love your neighbor as yourself” which is the content of “what one ought to do” or “why one ought to do what one ought to do” as Ruse puts it.

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