Real World Illusion

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Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman believes that our reality is just an illusion being generated in real-time, similar to The Matrix, but far more complex. “Neuroscientists tell us that they are creating, in real time, all the shapes, objects, colors, and motions that we see. It feels like we’re just taking a snapshot of this room the way it is, but in fact, we’re constructing everything that we see. We don’t construct the whole world at once. We construct what we need in the moment,” said Hoffman during a TED Talk. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. They guide adaptive behaviors. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know. And that’s pretty much all of reality, whatever reality might be. If you had to spend all that time figuring it out, the tiger would eat you,” adds Hoffman.