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

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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


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and i know how easy it is to protect ourselves
so that we no longer have to feel the pain and hurt
that seems to wait around every turn.

and yet,
because it is my gift to see you
to see behind the walls and the places where you hide
to see the magnificent you that is always there.

you need nothing to be beautiful;
you are glorious with all your cracks and bumps
with all your brokenness, you are not broken.
all of these things add to the glory and majesty of who you are

why not open up and allow yourself to be seen
vulnerable, honestly, beautifully
for there has never been and will never be another like you
bask in the glory of being impectly perfect
a piece of a greater whole, a piece in the glory of The Mosaic.

this was one of the big lessons i was given
while writing The Mosaic.
its character were not holy men or exulted women,
they were beautifully ordinary people
and yet when each of them shared their story with me
i felt uplifted, inspired and transformed.
not because their stories were spiritual
but rather because of how ordinary the spiritual had become.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon:
please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

i can’t wait to hear how you experience this beautiful story
and to learn what it awakens in you.

The Mosaic Swarm (A Dollar A Month Club)

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We are a civilized nation about to colonize another planet (putting people on Mars) and yet we do not have answers to some of the most basic problems that exist.


Homelessness. Poverty. Hunger. Education. Medical Care. Racism. Equality of Rights. Clean Drinking Water. Human Trafficking. Slavery.

It’s hard to believe these problems exist at all, but to know they exist in virtually every country in the world, is unfathomable. It is time for us to come together, to change what isn’t working and end global suffering.

“We the people” are the first 3 words of the American Constitution, but it has been a very long time since we have functioned as “We the people”. Our world is divided. We have come to a standstill and problems that need to be solved sit unresolved while one side fights the other.


Our mission is:

  • to reconnect a disconnected world; to bring people together by finding similarities rather than differences; to end the deadlock that results from silo thinking and find ways to work together again.
  • bring innovation through the blending of like and unlike minds coming together to share different ways of seeing the same thing. In this convergence, we will find real, viable solutions to  problems that the singular mind cannot solve.
  • to use the existing model of Swarm Intelligence as our technology to determine which projects to work on and which solutions to try and to fund those solutions through the Dollar A Month membership of the people of the swarm.
  • to inspire one billion people world wide to join us in the vision of The Mosaic Swarm Dollar A Month Club.

One Billion Members @ $1 = 1 BILLION DOLLARS a month

Buckminster Fuller once said,

“You cannot solve the problems of the Old Paradigm with the Thinking of the Old Paradigm. To solve those problems, we must create a New Paradigm that makes the Old Paradigm OBSELETE.”


Our mission is to enroll 1 BILLION people into The Dollar A Month Club and to listen to them. We will create rooms, both virtual and physical where people can come together to meet and discuss innovative ideas with people who do not think not them. These places will be where the most brilliant minds in the world come together with the simplest minds of to mine data on what problem should be handled first and how to create solutions.

From there, we will partner with a company called Unanimous AI to use their propriety technology to engage our group into Swarm Intelligence (see Unanimous.AI)


  • To solve problems that should no longer exist
  • To bring decision making back to the people
  • To fund everything we invest in from the Dollar A Month Club (1 Billion members = $1 Billion a month to invest in solutions we find through the use of Swarm Intelligence)
  • To take the risks that are needed to find new solutions, so that even if we go 6 months without finding an answer (spending $6 Billion) each of us would only lose $1 a month or $6.
  • to not have to rely on Government or Charities or investors to finance our solutions, but to use the money generated from The Mosaic Swarm by all of us coming together.
  • To establish a new model that allows for disagreement but focuses on our similarities rather than our differences.
  • To create an alternative to the way of Government and the way of decision making amongst people who disagree.
  • To find ways to think smarter and come together to find solutions rather than continually living in vertical realities, where authoritative leaders tell people what to do.


Who will own The Mosaic Initiative and The Dollar A Month Club?

There will be a team of people who will serve the Mosaic Swarm. They will make salaries and have expenses covered. Everything will be transparent and accounting of finances will be made available to anyone interested. 

No one owns it and everyone owns it. The goal is to use 99% of the money raised to solve the problem we are trying to solve. All of the money except for operating expenses will go to the solutions the Mosaic Swarm suggests.

Who will be the decision maker?

There will be no leader, no board, no decision maker. The Mosaic Swarm will make decisions as to which problems to solve first and how to allocate the resources.

Where will these centers be?

We will start with a virtual room and then over time, grow these rooms to every village, neighborhood, town, and city in the world.  We want to create meeting spaces for innovation, not only to solve the problems of the world but for people to come together with those of unlike mind to innovate solutions for their businesses and their lives.

What is this? Is it a For Profit, a Non-Profit, A Charity? What is the financial model for The Mosaic Initiative?

Currently, the model doesn’t exist. We have to create a new model that will allow us to function in a new way. Anyone interested in helping with this, please contact me:  Danny@TheMosaicOnline.com

How do I join?

Because the entity for this does not yet currently exist, we are asking those of you who are interested to fill out this form so that we have your information on file. Once we create the new entity and find a way for it to function, we will contact you.

First Name                                                       Last Name


Street Address


City                              State/Province                      Country


Telephone                                              Mobile


Tell us a little about yourself:





To build 1 Billion members, we need your help and we ask you to share the Mosaic Swarm with everyone you know.


What do I receive?

Your dollar a month will be an essential part of creating a new paradigm, one in which “we the people” come together to create solutions to the biggest unsolvable problems that exist in our society.

You will become part of a worldwide experiment that will use the latest developments in human connectivity and AI technology to reconnect a disconnected world.

Rather than continue to focus on the things we disagree on, together we will use Swarm Intelligence to find new ways to solve problems. By working together in Swarm, we will decide which problems we are ready to tackle and how we will go about creating our solutions.

Your ONE DOLLAR a month along with one BILLION other members will become the treasury we use to fund the solution we as a swarm create. Imagine being a part of this collective intelligence and knowing that you are a part of the solution.

For more information:

Please email: danny@TheMosaicOnline.com







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countries fighting countries,
religions fighting religions
colors fighting colors,
political parties fighting political parties
the poor fighting the rich and the rich fighting the poor,
men fighting women and women fighting men . . .

but it gets more personal than that
families fighting, parents fighting, siblings fighting
forgoes sake we are even fighting ourselves
knocking ourselves down
fighting illnesses that are caused
by our own cells attacking our immune systems
it seems somewhere along the line
fighting became the thing we do.

but fighting blocks energy
in a world where we need more energy to find solutions
it blocks our ability to make the changes
we need to make in a world that needs to make changes.

instead of fighting we need to build peace
piece by piece, peace by piece, we must reconnect
to self,
and others
for those interested in hearing more, contact me.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3
send me a proof of purchase,
and I will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#TheMosaic #DanielBruceLevin #NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected#TheExquisitenessOfOrdinary #StopTheLie #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee#EndLikeMindedCommunities #Innovation #SeeDifferently#LeaveYourComfortZone


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somewhere along the line we have been sold a philosophy
that is not only incorrect,
but damaging to our being.

somehow we were told that ordinary was bad
unacceptable and ugly.
being ordinary was not good enough
we had to be extraordinary.
and so i ask you this simple question

if ordinary is not something we want,
why would we want to have extra of something we don’t want?

The Mosaic disrupts belief systems
it questions things we have taken for granted for year.
thought processes that have hypnotised us into believing
thoughts that are NOT TRUE.
when did ordinary become bad?

what could be more ordinary than a sunrise,
or buds appearing on a tree to announce spring
night following day and day following night.
the laws of nature are exquisitely ordinary.
The mountain does not want to be the river,
nor does the forest want to be the sky.
everything in nature is content being itself.

why have we lost that contentment?
could it be in our desire to be more than we are
in our unacceptance of the ordinary,
in our longing to be superheroes
and in our inevitable inability
to be something more than we are
we fail
and we then start to believe we are not good enough.

Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

when will we realise
the epidemic of “Not Being Good Enough” is spreading
could it be that it’s deceitful inception began
when we stopped believing in the beauty of being ordinary,
that who we are is not enough
and we had to be extraordinary.

i get it, the sound bite is great
“you are extraordinary, don’t settle for anything less.”
but the very self help movement
that birthed in us that sound bite
is now making billions and billions of dollars off of us
by offering to “fix us”.

THE MOSAIC wants to disrupt this industry
with a celebration of the ordinary.
by questioning what others take for granted
by seeing how beautiful and sacred we are just as we are
by loving and accepting the world as it is

The Mosaic is a gentle reminder to us
that when we sit with what is
and listen
and stop wanting to make everything more than it is
there is beauty and a peace and a contentment that surfaces
and the feeling of not being good enough ends
just as darkness vanishes when we turn on the light.

perfectly imperfect
you were never meant to do this on your own
extraordinary things happen
when EXTRA ORDINARIES come together to make it happen.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3
send me a proof of purchase,
and I will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#TheMosaic #DanielBruceLevin #NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected#TheExquisitenessOfOrdinary #StopTheLie #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee#EndLikeMindedCommunities #Innovation #SeeDifferently#LeaveYourComfortZone


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i have witnessed some great businesses,
innovate once and then get stuck in the innovation
and lose their innovative edge.
they had a great idea and then followed it forever
until the innovation became the status quo
and they grew comfortable,
and lost the ability to risk everything and innovate again.

One of my guests on The Mosaic Podcast,
Donald Hoffman, a brilliant scientist and cognitive psychologist
shared with me this incredible statistic:
science tells us that 99% of all species become extinct.
In his book, The Case Against Reality
he says that evolution needs to hid the truth from us
because the truth would impact
our innate survival of the fittest instinct, making us extinct.

what do you choose not to see in your life and business
thinking that if you saw it,
you might lose your competitive edge?

we have been taught subtlety not to innovate,
most of us have been taught to not reinvent the wheel
and to just do what others do.
a sure fire way to stop innovation,
become irrelevant and become extinct.

it is understandable why we do it.
again lets look to science . . .
Dr Joe Dispenza says,
science tells us we have 70,000 thoughts a day,
95% of which are the same thoughts we thought yesterday.
and the day before, and the day before that.

so it is easy to understand why so many of us
just follow our routine,
we do what we have always done,
we think what we always thought,
and see what we have always seen.
and we do this in our lives, our relationships
and our businesses.
innovation is not something that is natural for us to do
and it may cause us our life in a survival of the fittest battle.

so, we look for situations that maintain the status quo
to help us play safe, take fewer risks,
we avoid environments that invite innovation
fearing a survival of the fittest confrontation
because we don’t have the confidence to think we can win,
and so we live life under the radar,
trying to “live” unnoticed.

this is how most of us spend our days, our years, our lives.
invisible. safe. creatures of routine and habit.

is this the way you want to show up in the world?

it all makes sense, until it doesn’t anymore.
innovation is what happens when it all stops making sense.

if life has stopped making sense,
if you are tired or bored or have just lost your spark,
if doing the same thing over and over
has dulled the light of hope you once had in your eyes,
if you want to live your dream again, no matter how old you are.
if you want to reconnect to yourself, your source, your purpose
and remove the boxes that you have been living in.
if your business is ready to innovate
and you are ready to see differently…

i have created what i call THE INNOVATION SESSION
where we sit together and ask for an initiation;
the words we share together will invite you to see differently
so that a transmission of innovation can happen uninterrupted.

the practice is based on what i noticed in my book
The Mosaic (available on Amazon)
that while the story is charming and its words touch your heart,
the secondary transmission happens
in the space between the words.

i feel guided now to offer private sessions
to initiate innovation
for those interested in seeing differently.
this is for individuals, couples, families and/or businesses.

contact me for details, price, appointment times.


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on the simplest level, isn’t it what happens
when we suddenly see that can’t be seen?

i am sure you have all heard of
well in the story of The Mosaic, what i realised happened
is that the beautiful stories of The Mosaic
are in a way, just a camouflage to OCCUPY MIND
so that it doesn’t interfer with the connection of the hearts
of those who read it.
words inspire but vibration transforms
that is why so often i have said, enjoy the beautiful stories
but don’t forget to listen to the spaces between the words.

The Mosaic showed me
by allowing me to understand the character of TheGifted Child
that words are the least effective part
of the way we communicate.

Practice Vibration.
giving it and receiving it.
go beneath form and matter
and feel the presence of energy in all things.
This is The Mosaic.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3
send me a proof of purchase,
and I will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#TheMosaic #DanielBruceLevin #PracticeVibration #OCCUPYMIND#NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected #TheExquisitenessOfOrdinary#StopTheLie #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee #EndLikeMindedCommunities#Innovation #SeeDifferently #LeaveYourComfortZone


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“We are All Connected”
I know, because I do too.
but do any of us really understand
how powerful this simple statement is?

if we did, we would never be able to:
treat others the way we do
treat Mother Earth the way we do
eat the things we eat
think the thoughts we think
run our businesses the way we do

what would you do differently today
if you really understood we are all connected?

The Mosaic is a book that shows us
we are all a pieces in the same Mosaic.
that we are not separate, but rather connected
and that everything we do affects others,
and that everything they do affects us too.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

send me a proof of purchase,
and I will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee#EndLikeMindedCommunities #Innovation #SeeDifferently#LeaveYourComfortZone


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“The Monk smiled.
“I can show you the door,” he said,
“but you must walk through it on your own. You are the way. Remember that.
No matter how often you get distracted, return to where you are.”

“I am ready,” Mo affirmed eagerly. “Please take me to the door.”

And there in the busy beach town, everything vanished.
All that remained was the two of them standing in front of a slice in time,
a door between one world and another.

Mo listened intently
as the Monk spoke to him of the four breaths.
He closed his eyes
and took a deep inhalation followed by a deep exhalation.
He did it again and again.

On the fifth exhalation,
the Monk unzipped the sky
and Mo crossed through the space that had opened.
Suddenly, he was on the other side.”

i tried to edit them out
i thought they were too metaphysical
for a book that simply told the stories of ordinary people
but as often as i tried to take them out
i kept hearing “Keep Them.”

looking back now, i am so happy i listened.
one of the unheralded messages of The Mosaic is.
“Nothing is As It Seems.”

time, space, people, places, conversations, energy
what seems real is not real.
today i record a podcast with Donald Hoffman,
a professor of cognitive science at UCI
who latest book is , “The Case Against Reality”

little did i know, when i wrote these words above
the importance they would have in my life
and the innovative power that comes
when we have the courage to see what we do not see.

To get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

send me a proof of purchase,
and I will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee#EndLikeMindedCommunities #Innovation #SeeDifferently#LeaveYourComfortZone


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some have been handed down to you
from one generation to the next;
some you have developed on your own
and some are societal stories that tell the stories of a people.
but what if these stories were not completely true,
what if they were just stories.

over generations upon generations,
we have seen so many of the stories we once told ourselves
have changed, both personally and collectively.

so, what if the stories we are telling ourselves now are not true?
are you free enough as a person to allow this possibility.

The Mosaic is a book, a gentle fable, that disrupts stories.
it is a charming tale that will challenge your perspective
and the way you see life.
does that frighten you, excite you, mystify you?

to get a copy of The Mosaic on Amazon: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

email me (danny@TheMosaicOnline.com)
a proof of purchase,
and i will send you an illustrated PDF entitled

#NothingIsAsItSeems #WeAreAllConnected #SeeWhatYouDoNotSee#EndLikeMindedCommunities #Innovation #SeeDifferently#LeaveYourComfortZone