The Immortality Project

Modeling Immortality in Immersive Virtual Reality, PI - Mel Slater

There is no direct experience nor scientifically acceptable evidence for the survival of the persona after death, belief in immortality is a matter of faith alone, and it is difficult if not impossible by definition to have evidence-based arguments about faith. Unfortunately, and increasingly in today's world, faith based arguments can often result in violence: there being no basis for rational discussion, the elimination of members of out-groups who follow a different faith is a simple if drastic means to acquire certainty in the sea of profound uncertainty surrounding our situation in the universe.

This project will exploit immersive virtual reality to investigate how practical conceptions of mortality, the possibility of post-death continued existence of the persona, and independence between the persona and the physical body might influence the beliefs, attitudes, character and behavior of people.