- February 10, 2021
- Don Hoffman, cog sci, Los Angeles Review of Books, Feb. 10, 2021 (Opinion)
What does “real” mean? … UC Irvine cognitive scientist, [Professor Emeritus], Donald Hoffman recently explored this issue in his discussion of his 2019 book, The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. Hoffman explains that, contrary to popular belief, perceiving the world accurately does not give organisms a survival advantage. … As Hoffman says, “What we normally take to be reality is, in fact, a simplified virtual reality, shaped by natural selection to guide adaptive action.” According to his interface theory of perception, each perceptual system is a user interface analogous to the desktop screen of a laptop. The icons on the desktop hide reality but deliver functionality.
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