The Abyss of Freedom

Zizek, discussing virtual reality and the body, writes:

“…our bodily self-experience is itself always-already “virtual,” symbolically mediated,this body to which we are forced to return is not the constituted body of the full self-experience, of “true reality,” but the formless remainder, the horror of the Real.”

V. Ramachandran’s neuroscience work clearly supports this statement, with individuals experiencing virtual arms and failing to recognize the faces of their own family members. Thus, our embodiedness is always-already virtual. Encoded.

The fact of experiencing a virtual arm concretizes the brain-processed virtual image center (mind) and body distinction.

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