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Intriguing interview of Daniel Hoffman: The Case Against Reality

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A very interesting interview (and he has a book: The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.

And there’s also a debate video (45 minutes).


The natural inclination is to shrug off these fancy-shmancy theories and say that we do see reality as it is, because look! there it is. That flower, for example, the real flower that we see. We didn’t make it up by looking at it.

Kant talked about the “thing in itself,” which seems to be related to what Hoffman is talking about, and the “thing in itself” is locked away from use because we are trapped within our sense. That flower, for example, does look the same at all to a bee or butterly:

So is the flower we see the “true” flower? or is the flower the bee sees the “true” flower?

And the bee not only sees the flower, the bee perceives it through its electromagnetic field, to which we are oblivious (because for us that has no survival advantage, so evolution shut off that perception, just as Hoffman says).

Written by LeisureGuy

21 November 2019 at 9:25 pm

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