Don Hoffman

In his 2019 book, The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes, University of California Irvine vision scientist [and professor emeritus of cognitive science], Donald Hoffman, pulls together years of interdisciplinary research results to argue that much of our experience is constructed as an evolutionary survival strategy. Perception is a sort of “user interface” for navigating the world. It’s not that Hoffman thinks, as Berkeley does, there is no reality apart from minds and their ideas, but rather that our reality is the mediated result of how our brain works on the material provided by sensation. So, perception is a very useful illusion.

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