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The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 April 2016

 


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The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality
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Posted DateThursday 28 April 2016 08:49 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have a degree in physics but my scientific life is long ago in my past.

But I try to keep up with scientific thinking and still regularly read New Scientist.

As I get older, I become more and more curious about the world, why we are here and the nature of reality. Maybe more philosophical questions than scientific ones LOL.

I have long suspected that we have got reality all wrong. That there is something fundamental we are missing that what we see is some sort of mirage. But these are just idle thoughts of mine, I am no expert in the matter.

And then this morning I came a across this article The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality and the thinking of the cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman. I must admit I don't fully understand all of what he has to say but he has seriously provoked my thinking about reality. This sentence especially so:

"It's not that there's a classical brain that does some quantum magic. It's that there's no brain!"

What are we really? Does it matter? Take a look, in some ways it is a little scary :-)




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