|The first presentation, “Hiding Behind the Screen: The Philosophy of Virtual Reality,” was presented by Dr. Roger Scruton, Ph.D.|
Pope Benedict XVI recently issued a statement warning young people
to be wary of the dangers of “isolating themselves in
an increasingly virtual reality.” The Institute for Psychological Sciences
(IPS) is doing its part to get this warning heard
with its 2008-2009 John Henry Cardinal Newman Series “Virtual Reality:
Its Distortion of Self and Others.” IPS has brought together
a series of experts from various disciplines to discuss this
challenging modern dilemma.
The first presentation, “Hiding Behind the Screen:
The Philosophy of Virtual Reality,” was presented by Dr. Roger
Scruton on Oct. 31, 2008. (To view a video of this
talk, click on the title above.)
Dr. Leon Kass, PhD, also
presented “Virtually Intimate: Is the Internet Good for Love and
Friendship?” on Jan. 16, 2009. This presentation should also be
available for viewing soon at www.frc.org under the “Events”
The danger of pornography via new information technologies was presented
on Nov. 21, 2008 by Dr. Patrick Fagan of the
Family Research Council (FRC). An article about this talk can be
The next Newman Series presentation will be
“The Adoro te devote and Virtual Reality” by Father Kevin
Flannery on February 6, 2009. Those who cannot attend the
event in Washington DC can webcast the seminar on that
day from 10:50 AM to noon.
1. Go to the website
2. Click on the link under "What´s
New" that says "View LIVE lecture webcasts!" You should see
"The John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture Series: 2008 - 2009
3. Click on the title of Friday´s lecture. A
black box should appear at the center of the page
with the FRC logo in it and a "Play" button.
Click on the play button.
4. If you get to
the presentation title page and do not see a box,
but instead see a link to download Flash Player, that
means you do not have the sufficient player to view
the webcast and you need to download it from the
link provided on that page.
5. The box with the
FRC logo and play button will appear beginning Thursday evening,
but the webcast will only be available for viewing on
Friday from 10:50 AM to noon.
The remaining presentations in
the IPS series include:
• “Virtual Friendship and the New
Narcissism” by Christine Rosen, PhD, on March 13, 2009.
Reality and Mystical Imagination: Glimpses of Hell and Heaven?” By
Rev. Vivian Boland, PhD on April 17, 2009.
• “The Analog
to Digital Progression: Modernity as
the Model of Reality” by
Paul Vitz, PhD, on May 14, 2009.
IPS is affiliated
with the Legion of Christ. Located in Arlington, Va., IPS
is an institution of higher learning, offering Master’s and Doctoral
degrees in the psychological sciences. According to the Institute’s mission
statement, IPS is dedicated to the renewal of the Christian
intellectual tradition and the development of a psychology consistent with
the teachings of the Catholic Church and in constructive dialogue
with the modern world.
For more information about IPS and the
Newman series, go to the Institute’s website at www.ipsciences.edu.