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American cognitive psychologist and author Donald Hoffman says we don’t perceive objective reality, humans fabricate our reality through consciousness. An example, when a computer displays an image the underlying data isn’t an image, in reality it’s 1’s and 0’s. Evolution also doesn’t favour reality, it works by fitness payoffs given survival of the fittest. He suggests we don’t perceive reality but live in one created by our consciousness. We see the material world through consciousness.

It’s difficult to deny the existence of the material world, but I don’t think he is denying that, 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. I don’t deny the experience of the material world, but my view has become everything, the universe, is consciousness. Mind over matter.

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