On Monstrous Pictures of Whales, On Monstrous Pictures of Reality, whether Virtual, Augmented, Mixed, or Merged
The famous Ishmael of Melville's Moby Dick struggles to share the true form and nature of whales with us:"For all these reasons, then, any way you may look at it, you must needs conclude that the great leviathan is that one creature in the world which must remain unpainted to the last. True, one portrait may hit the mark much nearer than another, but none can hit it with any very considerable degree of exactness. So there is no earthly way of finding out precisely what the whale really looks like. And the only mode in which you can derive even a tolerable idea of his living contour, is by going a-whaling yourself; but by so doing, you run no small risk of being eternally stove and sunk by him."1
What have whales to do with virtual reality?