In his entertaining, mind-disrupting book, The Case Against Reality, University of California, Irvine cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman challenges readers to follow him into a world—for him, the “real” world—in which all of our perceptions are mere hunches devoid of objective truth. Hoffman argues that humans’ representations of reality contain only enough information to maintain safety and reproductive fitness. It’s a long way to go, but he is as clear-eyed a guide as one could hope to have to the end of the world as we know it.

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