On the ecological/representational structure of virtual environments

Omar Rosas

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This paper introduces an alternative view of virtual environments based on an analysis of two opposing views: the Traditional View and the Ecological View. The Traditional View argues for a representational view of perception and action susceptible of being mapped onto virtual settings. The Ecological View, which is inspired by Gibson's ecological approach to perception, considers that perception and action are inseparable, embodied processes that do not imply mental representations. The alternative view put forward here claims for an articulation of the opposing views, namely the Ecological/Representational view of virtual environments, providing the notion and levels of representation implied in perceptual and agentic processes is functionally defined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent issues in computing and philosophy
EditorsAdam R. Briggle, Katinka Waelbers, Philip A.E. Brey
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60750-343-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-876-2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event5th European Conference on Computing and Philosophy, ECAP 2007 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Jun 200723 Jun 2007
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press


Conference5th European Conference on Computing and Philosophy, ECAP 2007
Abbreviated titleECAP V


  • Virtual environments
  • Ecological approach to perception
  • Gibson
  • Affordances
  • Perception/action


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