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Last updated: July 2022


I’ve been interested in understanding sensory perception for a long time. What really fascinates me are the failures of our sensory capacities. I wrote a dissertation defending a non-disjunctive naive realist account on which all hallucinations are a type of perception,  and continue to defend this view in recent work. I’m also increasingly interested in extended reality (XR) technology, and virtual reality (VR) in particular. I am currently one of three faculty preparing the XR labs that will launch soon at the Lebanese American University.

Below you can see some of my writings and videos on perception and VR, including my project to create a virtual human that can do anything a human can, and some resources for educators interested in using VR for teaching.  

Articles, Blog Posts, and Podcasts:

Un viol dans le métavers est-il vraiment un viol? (Is rape in the metaverse really rape?) (2022) (or see the pdf here)

The Philosopher & The News Podcast: The Allure of the Metaverse (2021)

We’re Virtually There: Ethics and Digital Technology in the Coming Years, The Heinrich-Böll Foundation in Beirut. For an Arabic translation, see here (2019)

APA Eastern: Do Visual Hallucinations Involve Perception?, Blog of the APA. (2018)

Does Hallucinating Involve Perceiving?, Imperfect Cognitions blog (2017)

Videos:

APA Eastern talk 2018: Do Visual Hallucinations Involve Perception?

PechaKucha talk 2020: Becoming Virtual

Virtual Human, my modern Pinocchio

Virtual Reality in Education Playlist 2019-2020: This playlist contains a variety of videos I made out of personal interest. They seek to introduce newcomers, primarily university faculty, to virtual reality. The videos aim to do this by example. You can find short lectures on virtual reality filmed in stereoscopic 180 degree video and 360 degree video, as well as a lecture given from inside VR. There’s also a series of videos with use cases in the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and for social awareness. I also have one lecture to students using video augmentation software, and some short VR experiences I’ve made. Below are two sample videos from the playlist, though feel free to check out the rest of my youtube channel for more videos: