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Information society ideationality


We consider from the philosophical and cultural point of view the dynamically changing reality of the information society, in which the trends of the emerging ideational system of culture of the 21st century are revealed. The concept of “ideationally” we borrow from concept of social and cultural dynamics of P.A. Sorokin, according to which as a prior reality to ideational culture which is spiritual (non-physical) origin. Virtual reality, or secondary reality created by technical means of computer modeling is considered as an ideational origin of the information society. It is proved that the information space (anthroposphere), which has specific space-time relations, formed in biological and social systems, is an ideal form of virtuality existence. The form of virtual reality existence is also the information space created with the help of various technical means. It is concluded that the concepts of “virtuality” and “virtual reality” are not synonymous. Virtual reality is a manmade in-formational reality, virtuality is considered wider – as an idea separated from its technical implementation. Virtuality is represented as a space of collective meanings, a product of “collective unconscious”, existing as a kind of superstructure over the physical space, within which the subject is able to create, transform and consume information. Information society ideationality is revealed through the different types of virtual reality described in the art and esoteric literature.


virtuality; ideationality; virtual reality models; semantic space; culture system

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