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Donald Hoffman: Consciousness, Perception, Evolution & the Nature of Reality

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

About the Guest: Donald Hoffman, PhD is a cognitive psychologist and professor emeritus of cognitive sciences at UC-Irvine. He is the author of many scientific papers and books, including "The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.”

Episode Summary: Nick and Dr. Hoffman discuss a variety of topics related to consciousness, the nature of perception, and evolution, including: how perception works; whether our conscious perceptions are accurate representations of underlying reality; the interface theory of perception, which likens our conscious perceptions to the digital icons displayed on your computer screen; language; psychedelic experiences; and the nature of reality itself, such as whether space and time are fundamental aspects of the universe, or artifacts of perception.

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