Don Hoffman

Donald Hoffman, [UCI professor emeritus, is a] cognitive scientist and author of the book The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. … Hoffman’s research suggests that the underlying assumptions in perceptual science, neurophysiology and psychology are wrong—the brain does not use sensory input to create accurate mental representations of reality. Hoffman ran simulations using evolutionary game theory and observed that evolution selects for fitness over truth. According to Hoffman, we perceive a completely false reality that is far more practical for survival, useful illusions that lead us far afield the truth-seeking path.

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