Reality

American cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman says humans don’t see actual reality, rather fabricate a reality through consciousness. An example, when a computer displays an image the underlying data isn’t an image, its 1’s and 0’s. Our reality too isn’t the actual. He says evolution isn’t evidence of reality, it works by fitness payoffs.

It’s difficult to deny the existence of the material world, but I don’t think he is denying that perception, rather examining its source. We have always wondered about the world, who or what created it. He provides compelling evidence that our consciousness creates it. He thinks consciousness is predominant, and shows how matter is a product thereof. He questions how neurological activity gives experience, we require consciousness for that. He says “We’ve been shaped to have perceptions that keep us alive… If I see a train, I don’t step in front of it… it’s a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally.” Matter is the epiphenomenon of consciousness, mind over matter.

It’s suggested by Rupert Sheldrake that the best way to understand connections in social media is visually. Similarly, the best way for consciousness to connect is visual, we fabricates matter as the stage. Indeed we are visual creatures. Monist theory says matter doesn’t exist, it’s a manifestation for the visual connection of consciousness. Rather than atoms the underlying reality of the universe is consciousness.