My work on the Clemson Ghost Tour examines the classic ethical concept of Aristotelian knowing, doing, making, and how this theory of being plays out in the context of Clemson University. In the ecological sense, our being is interconnected with myriad factors in different spaces and times, all leading up to the present experience of learning and making at Clemson University. My work is especially interested in the connection between technology and learning at Clemson University. While many philosophers are skeptical of technology, the reality is that we have passed a threshold in these last thirty-sixty years through which we can never return. We are forever changed by our technological practices, for better or worse. In fact, some of these same philosophers also see the potential for technology to help us better understand our relationality to other people and things. This project uses virtual reality camera technology to try to help make these connections between different times and places in hopes of discovering a more practical episteme that better serves our present knowing-doing-making.
The Savanah River Site and Par Pond are especially interesting in that the land, like us, has been affected by technology. While some of this has certainly been negative, there are also some very hopeful findings, especially in terms of ecological resilience. Healthy ecologies, whether at the SRS, or Clemson University require study, maintenance, and care. This is why my project connects to SRS.
This project has been has been funded by a generous grant from the Clemson Humanities Hub. Additional equipment and assistance has been provided by the Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies, Clemson Geopaths, the Clemson Center of Excellence, and Clemson CCIT.
Check out my intro below. You will need to view it in Google Chrome to access its VR features.
Stephen Quigley is a PhD student in Clemson