Journal of Forensic Legal & Investigative Sciences Category: Forensic science Type: Research Article
What are our existing and developed senses in and as a result of virtual space?
*Corresponding Author:Nadine Touzeau
Profiler, Net-Profiler, Behavioral And Environmental Analyst, Researcher, France
Received Date: May 01, 2019 Accepted Date: Jun 07, 2019 Published Date: Jun 14, 2019
As more and more acts of human beings are transposed into the virtual world, one of the questions that can arise is, what about our senses? The discussion might seem pointless since these virtual users, all of us, are human beings living in the real world! Except that in the light of my research work on Behavioral Differentiations between the Real and the Virtual, the question does arise. In my scientific publications (Touzeau, 2017, 2018, 2019 )  and my books (Touzeau, 2015, 2018)  I advance theories on the behavior behind the screen and in particular concerning those of virtual addicts and cybercriminals. The "Avatarization" allowing to understand the profiles sometimes revealing themselves differently behind the screen, the "Transverse Zone" indicating the behaviors between the real and the virtual thanks to and because of the connected tool, and the "Virtual Intelligence" allowing to understand the intelligences developed in and because of the virtual space highlight so many behavioral differences between the real and the virtual that allow to rebound on the question of meanings in the virtual space. What happens to our senses in the face of the connected tool and does this have an impact on the future development of the human being?
Avatarization; Behavioral differentiation; cyber security; senses; Transverse zone; virtual space; Virtual Intelligence
The virtual space related to cyberspace that is what it is! There are several definitions and I think it is important to mention one, the one that I think is the most appropriate, in order to fully understand the universe.
I therefore propose this definition. Virtual space is an environment of connection between humans, without borders, with a limited and reduced time space, allowing itself to connect through mobile and connected objects (computer, smart phone, tablet, etc.).To put it another way, we are talking about a connection between humans who can communicate, inform themselves, do business, buy and sell, educate, exchange opinions, cultivate themselves, to love each other, etc. without seeing themselves in reality, without even sometimes having met each other.
It is this virtual relationship that we will try to understand through the senses that we have by basing ourselves not on the five commonly known senses, but on several human senses listed by physiologists [3,4,5]. It is in detail that we will compare what these meanings imply in the virtual compared to the real. We will use the definition from the Larousse French dictionary to define human senses: "Each of the psychophysiological functions by which an organism receives information about certain elements of the external environment, whether physical (sight, hearing, sensitivity to gravity, touch) or chemical (taste, smell).
The sense of smell
As for challenging a person, I ask the question if doing cyber bullying, for example, would not be a way of playing a virtual game. Let us say a fight without the bodies seeing and touching each other but in the spirit of fighting and defeating the opponent! According to the comments collected by some Hats and in particular cyberbullyers, the attacks behind the screen were a way of fighting as if on a battlefield and victory was more than necessary.
The balancing perception
The perception of time
It is argued in many newspapers that most children and adults eat in front of their screens . Is the notion of eating the same in its own definition as being supported by your connected tool? Concerning sensitivity to electricity, let us note the visual disorders that we ourselves suffer and are characterized by doctors . Thus, wouldn't the virtual here again modify our sense of sight, which could be an adaptation rather than exclusion? So many analyses of the senses, whether they are 5, 10, 21 and more, that would deserve that researchers, physiologists among others, consider in front of and in the cyber, virtual space.
The reflection of understanding the senses in the virtual allows us to ask ourselves several questions, including the one that consists in understanding human evolution in the face of the connected tool. How are we going to change, in particular by integrating that in the end very little meaning is used in the virtual world? What will happen genetically? How will human relations adapt to this virtual element? With regard to the study of the meanings identified and indicated in the discussion, we could consider that in the end only two senses are fully used, namely sight and hearing. But what if we analyzed and observed the senses differently in the face of cyberspace? Other than what we have learned from our codes, our education and our culture. Otherwise, possibly redefining the senses in and for virtual space!
Does this imply a lack of use of meaning? Does the virtual also hinder human relations as they are done in reality? Do our hunger, sight, hearing adapt more than they fade in the face of cyberspace? One of my discoveries that has become theory is the "Virtual Intelligence" (Touzeau, 1 and 2) which is a family of intelligence to be added to Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences . What if the senses also have to develop new definitions or redefinitions?
Cyberspace is an environment in its own right that is different from our real space. We live, in a way even if our life is physical is only in reality, in these two spaces, which are so different and even opposed. What we discover as a user of and in cyberspace, forces us to discover new behaviors, new ways of living, thinking, emotions, language, rhythm of life. What if this cyber space, of which little useful senses are used in real space, were to develop new ones? I wonder if when we teleport our bodies, some senses such as smell will be active. In fact, because the virtual is used, we may be able to reconsider the fact that finally, the senses are active through the virtual! The senses in virtual space have many secrets to share with us that it seems interesting to discover them
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Citation:Touzeau N (2019) What are our existing and developed senses in and as a result of virtual space. J Forensic Leg Investig Sci 5: 026.
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