Abstract

This thesis work is based on two simple questions- what is reality, and is there any way to determine if you live in a real world. Whether from ancient times or the present, the east or the west, or fiction movies to philosophical reflection, countless people have ruminated on these questions. The answer seems obvious that reality is anything we can perceive based on our perceptions, but it’s not necessarily factual even though it feels very real. A philosophical viewpoint called epistemological skepticism indicates that we cannot be certain of anything, and there is a philosophy hypothesis named simulation theory which regards that all the present existence of human awareness including the earth and the universe could practically be an artificial simulation. Which means there is a possibility that we are only a flock of non player characters built up with code that live in a programmed artificial world run by a supercomputer. If it’s true that we live in a defined environment, what can we do? Does it mean we do not have any choices or opportunities to make any differences? Through these pieces- this thesis considers multiple possibilities, and allows people to think and explore the opportunities for us even if we live in simulated reality.

Publication Date

11-30-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CAD)

Advisor

Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

John Aasp

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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