Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Jaron Lanier has written a three-pronged adventure into "virtual reality," by exposing its ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy, and advice, this book tells the wild story of his personal and professional life as a scientist, from his childhood in the UFO territory of New Mexico, to the loss of his mother, the founding of the first start-up, and finally becoming a world-renowned technological guru. Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates it to be a humanistic setting for technology.
Biography[ edit ] Weil with her father Weil at age Early life[ edit ] Weil was born in her parents' apartment in Paris on 3 February Her mother was Saolomea Weil and her father Bernard was a medical doctor. Weil was a healthy baby for her first six months, until she had a severe attack of appendicitis —thereafter she struggled with poor health throughout her life.
Their parents were agnostic and fairly affluent, raising their children in an attentive and supportive atmosphere. According to several Weil scholars, including Eva Fogelman and Robert Colesthis experience may have been related to the exceptionally strong altruism displayed throughout her life.
From her late teenage years, Weil would generally disguise her "fragile beauty" by adopting a masculine appearance, hardly ever using makeup and often wearing men's clothes.
She later learned Sanskrit after reading the Bhagavad Gita. Like the Renaissance thinker Pico della Mirandolaher interests in other religions were universal and she attempted to understand each religious tradition as an expression of transcendent wisdom.
In she was successful in gaining admission. She finished first in the exam for the certificate of "General Philosophy and Logic"; Simone de Beauvoir finished second. She was called the "Red virgin",  and even "The Martian" by her admired mentor.
Weil's most famous works were published posthumously. Political activism[ edit ] Leon Trotsky. Weil arranged for Trotsky to stay at her parents' apartment in December while he was in Paris for secret meetings.
Weil was one of the rare few who appeared to hold her own with the Red Army founder in a face-to-face debate. Inwhen she was only six years old, she refused sugar in solidarity with the troops entrenched along the Western Front.
Inat 10 years of age, she declared herself a Bolshevik. In her late teens, she became involved in the workers' movement.
She wrote political tracts, marched in demonstrations, and advocated workers' rights. At this time, she was a Marxistpacifistand trade unionist. While teaching in Le Puy, she became involved in local political activity, supporting the unemployed and striking workers despite criticism.
Weil had never formally joined the Communist party, and in her twenties she became increasingly critical of Marxism. When she returned to France, her political friends in France dismissed her fears, thinking Germany would continue to be controlled by the centrists or those to the left.
After Hitler rose to power inWeil spent much of her time trying to help German communists fleeing his regime. This work criticised popular Marxist thought and gave a pessimistic account of the limits of both capitalism and socialism. Trotsky himself personally responded to several of her articles, attacking both her ideas and her as a person.
The following year, she took a month leave of absence from her teaching position to work incognito as a labourer in two factories, one owned by Renaultbelieving that this experience would allow her to connect with the working class. Inshe resumed teaching and donated most of her income to political causes and charitable endeavours.
Indespite her professed pacifismshe travelled to the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side, and joined the anarchist columns of Buenaventura Durruti. She even took a rifle, but was expelled from combat line by her comrades, as she was extremely short-sighted, and they feared Simone shooting one of them.
She hit a pot of boiling liquid because of her short-sightedness, had noticeable burns, and her family came to Spain to bring her back home. During her stay in the Aragon front, she sent some chronicles to the French publication: Gorkin refused, saying she would almost certainly be sacrificing herself for nothing, as it would be most unlikely she could pass as a Spaniard.
Weil replied that she had "every right"  to sacrifice herself if she chose, but after arguing for more than an hour, she was unable to convince Gorkin to give her the assignment.
The unit was part of the French-speaking section of the anarchist militia. From seeing her practice on makeshift shooting ranges, her comrades saw she was a very poor shot and tried to avoid taking her on missions, though she did sometimes insist.
Her only direct participation in combat was to shoot with her rifle at a bomber during an air raid; in a second raid, she tried to man the group's heavy machine gunbut her comrades prevented her, as they thought it would be best for someone less clumsy and short-sighted to use the weapon.
After being with the group for a few weeks, she burnt herself over a cooking fire. She was forced to leave the unit, and was met by her parents who had followed her to Spain.
They helped her leave the country, to recuperate in Assisi.Ownership thinking how to end entitlement and create a culture of accountability, purpose, and profit.
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