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    Science, which is not so attached to 'truth' as it once was, but more to immediate 'effectiveness', is now drifting towards a decline, it's civic fall from grace.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: truth  grace 
     
    How can we live if there is no more here and everything is now?
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: live 
     
    Cyberspace is an accident of the real. Virtual reality is the accident of reality itself.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality  real 
     
    The field of vision is comparable, for me, to the terrain of an archaeological dig. To see is to be on guard, to wait for what emerges from the background, without any name, without any particular interest: what was silent will speak, what is closed will open and will take on a voice.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: vision 
     
    The simulator is an object in itself, which is different from televison and leads to cyberspace.
    — Paul Virilio
    Troops must be fed with ammunition and so on but also with information, with images, with visual intelligence. Without these elements troops cannot perform their duties properly. This is what is meant by the logistics of perception.
    — Paul Virilio
    Television was first conceived to be used as some kind of telescope, not for broadcasting. Originally, Sworkin, the inventor of television, wanted to settle cameras on rockets so that it would be possible to watch the sky.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: sky 
     
    Speed now illuminates reality whereas light once gave objects of the world their shape.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality  world 
     
    There is a buddhist proverb which I like a lot. It says: "Every body deserves mercy". That means that every body is holy.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: body  holy 
     
    All of us are already civilian soldiers, without knowing it...The great stroke of luck for the military class's terrorism is that no one recognizes it. People don't recognize the militarized part of their identity, of their consciousness.
    — Paul Virilio
    The technologies of virtual reality are attempting to make us see from beneath, from inside, from behind... as if we were God.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality  god  technology 
     
    Today, the media handle information as if it was a religious artefact.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: media  religious 
     
    Technologies first equipped the territorial body with bridges, aqueducts, railways, highways, airports, etc. Now that the most powerful technologies are becoming tiny - microtechnologies, all technologies can invade the body. These micro-machines will feed the body. Research is being conducted in order to create additional memory for instance.
    — Paul Virilio
    To regain our liberty (and our distance), we must slow the images down.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: liberty 
     
    Digital messages and images matter less than their instantaneous delivery; the shock effect always wins out over the consideration of the informational content.
    — Paul Virilio
    The true problem with virtual reality is that orientation is no longer possible. We have lost our points of reference to orient ourselves. The de-realized man is a disoriented man.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: men  reality  true  problem  lost 
     
    I think that cinema and television have nothing in common. There is a breaking point between photography and cinema on the one hand and television and virtual reality on the other hand.
    — Paul Virilio
    Virtuality will destroy reality.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: reality 
     
    There are eyes everywhere. No blind spot left. What shall we dream of when everything becomes visible? We'll dream of being blind.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: eyes  dreams 
     
    I don't believe in simulationism, I believe that the word is already old-fashioned. As I see it, new technologies are substituting a virtual reality for an actual reality. And this is more than a phase: it's a definite change.
    — Paul Virilio
    Today, everything is about speed and real time. We are no longer concerned with real space.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  space  real 
     
    These new technologies try to make virtual reality more powerful than actual reality, which is the true accident. The day when virtual reality becomes more powerful than reality will be the day of the big accident. Mankind never experienced such an extraordinary accident.
    — Paul Virilio
    When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck; when you invent the plane you also invent the plane crash; and when you invent electricity, you invent electrocution...Every technology carries its own negativity, which is invented at the same time as technical progress.
    — Paul Virilio
    The territorial body has been polluted by roads, elevators, etc. Similarly, our animal body starts being polluted. Ecology no longer deals with water, flora, wildlife and air only. It deals with the body itself as well. It is comparable with an invasion: technology is invading our body because of miniaturisation.
    — Paul Virilio
    War was my university. Everything has proceeded from there.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war  university 
     
    In industrialized warfare, where the representation of events outstripped the presentation of facts, the image was starting to gain sway over the object, time over space. Soon a conflict of strategic and political interpretation would ensue, with radio and then radar completing the picture.
    — Paul Virilio
    War is cinema, and cinema is war
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    Already, viral contamination offers an initial response to the question of the downside of electronic circuits, but another area of research beckons the area of ecological pollution. The pollution not only of air, water, and other substances, but also the unperceived pollution of distances.
    — Paul Virilio
    For the strategies of deception are concerned with deceiving an opponent through the logistics of perception. But these strategies are not merely aimed at the Serbs or the Iraqis but also at all those who might support [Slobodan] Milosevic or Saddam Hussein.
    — Paul Virilio
    The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck.
    — Paul Virilio
    While the human gaze becomes more and more fixed, losing some of its natural speed and sensitivity, photographic shots, on the contrary, become even faster.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: human 
     
    The thing about collaborators is that you don't know you are one whereas as a member of the resistance, you do. [In WWII,] the worst cases of collaboration weren't among the real collaborators, that official militia, but among the people at large, who were collaborators without knowing it, by a sort of laxity, an apathy.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: people  knowing  real 
     
    There cannot be an animal body without a territorial body: three bodies are grafted over each other: the territorial body - the planet, the social body - the couple, and the animal body - you and me. And technology splits this unity, leaving us without a sense of where we are. This, too, is de-realization.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: animals  body  technology 
     
    ... the blinding Hiroshima flash... literally photographed the shadow cast by beings and things, so that every surface immediately became war's recording surface, its film.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: film  war 
     
    Time is not something that can be measured with a pendule. Time is something that we build together within a tribe, a family, a region.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time 
     
    Thus it is no longer a Caesar or a Napoleon who decides on the fate of any particular war but a piece of software! In short, the political intelligence of war and the political intelligence of society no longer penetrate the techno-scientific world.
    — Paul Virilio
    What is going on now, or should happen in one or two generations, is the disintegration of the world. Real time 'live' technologies, cyberreality, will permit the incorporation of the world within oneself. One will be able to read the entire world, just like during the Gulf War. And I will have become the world. The body of the world and my body will be one.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  live  world  oneself  body  real  war  read  technology 
     
    Wealth is the hidden side of speed and speed the hidden side of wealth.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: wealth 
     
    The body has a dimension of simulation. The learning process, for instance: when one learns how to drive a car or a van, once in the van, one feels completely lost. But then, once you have learnt how to drive, the whole van is in your body. It is integrated into your body.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: body  process  lost  learn  learning 
     
    From the original watchtower through the anchored balloon to the reconnaissance aircraft and remote sensing-satellites, one and the same function has been indefinitely repeated, the eye's function being the function of a weapon.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: eyes  aircraft 
     
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