127: Don Hoffman: Reality Does NOT Exist!
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Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.

In his research to uncover the underlying secrets of human perception, Donald Hoffman has discovered important clues pointing to the subjective nature of reality.

Rather than as a set of absolute physical principles, reality is best understood as a set of phenomena our brain constructs to guide our behavior. To put it simply: we actively create everything we see, and there is no aspect of reality that does not depend on consciousness.

Hoffman is a faculty member at UC Irvine and a recipient of the Troland Award of the US National Academy of Sciences.



His Book: The Case Against Reality [ https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolution-Truth/dp/0393254690 ]

His TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/donald_hoffman_do_we_see_reality_as_it_is?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

  • 00:00:00 Intro
  • 00:07:57 Science through the senses and impact of Galileo.
  • 00:18:34 The philosophy of George Berkely. Is it all in the mind?
  • 00:21:18 The "grand" questions and theories of consciousness.
  • 00:30:10 What is panpsychism?
  • 00:31:18 Math, physics and consciousness. Do we have a model of reality?
  • 00:39:33 The Interface Theory of Perception
  • 00:44:57 What is the evolutionary purpose of the perception of music?
  • 00:48:21 How do we get along in the real world if our perceptions are flawed?
  • 00:51:21 Galileo's AR HMD circa 1600.
  • 00:52:28 Is consciousness a unique filter into reality?
  • 00:57:29 Can computers be conscious?
  • 01:03:20 What is the role of attention in consciousness? Are certain experiences, like war and drugs, a one-way street?
  • 01:08:43 What advice would you give your younger self?

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