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Ep 016: The Case Against Reality with Donald Hoffman, PhD

By June 29, 2019Podcast

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THIS IS A PODCAST YOU MUST HEAR. We speak about the fact that a fundamental principal of Science is that the human being is a machine.

If this doesn’t give cause for you to listen, we speak also about the Darwinian notion of Survival of The Fittest (in more scientific language) and how in order to survive, we need to hide the truth from our perception so that we do not become extinct; i.e. if two organisms are fighting, with the intention to survive, if one organism starts to consider if the actions it is doing are morally sound, and the other organism is looking simply to survive, the one that questions morality will lose and become extinct.

So the big question exists, If we are going to survive, will we want to be that entity that survives?

This is a fascinating discussion that looks at The Case Against Reality that one must create in order to survive and the fact that what we see anyway is not what is, but simply a perception what is.

Think of your computer screen, the icons there are not real, they are icons that we agree upon to take us to another place. This is how we see the world we see.  Hearing Dr. Hoffman speak about reality, we start to question everything

Donald Hoffman received his PhD from MIT, and is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including a new book, The Case Against Reality  Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Scientific American and Edge, and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has a TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?”

CONTACT INFORMATION:  http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/

To purchase Dr. Hoffman’s book THE CASE AGAINST REALITY: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolution-Truth/dp/0393254690/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540324581&sr=1-6