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    Karl Popper's theory of the three worlds is dramatically altered in cyberspace

    avi rosen

    by avi rosen

    The permanent interconnection between both virtual and empiric worlds introduces a new way of being and a new ontological philosophy. Karl Popper's theory of the three worlds is dramatically altered. Traditionally the classic world 3 of hypotheses can never influence directly the empirical world 1 of physical "objects" and vice versa. To achieve this, the mediation of subjective reality, human thoughts, feelings, etc., of world 2 is necessary. Cyberspace alters that fact. For example, a surfer may use an on-line Internet application that controls and displays a mutation of DNA material or integrated circuits embedded in biological cells. A theory of the function of these circuits finds the way to world 3. Sensors (world 1) transmit feedback data from the electro-biological cells. While the cyberspace is functioning, there is a real-time direct feedback of world 1, world 3 and world 2 (the surfer). The electro-biological cells are now part of the surfer's extended body and his nervous system. Within interconnected cyberspace, world 3 directly affects world 1, and world 2. Popper's original discrete, linear relation of world 1, 2 and 3 becomes a holistic real-time hyper-sphere. This ontological shift affects artistic quantities and qualities that originally defined the artistic object. Art works (world 1) can be controlled and altered by gadgets and real-time predictive software (world 3) causing art consumers to decide and act in the creative scene (world 2). These acts create a closed-loop "durée" of art, interconnecting the three worlds. The cyberspace can be comprehended as a container of Platonic ideas that symbolizes the Platonic triangles and tables that emerge from mathematical algorithms. The data can be manipulated, altered and copied by the demiurge (the surfer).