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The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (edição: 2019)

de Donald Hoffman (Autor)

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Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work.Ever since Homo sapiens has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease.The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more "attractive" body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, The Case Against Reality dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see.… (mais)
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Título:The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
Autores:Donald Hoffman (Autor)
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 272 pages
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This book proposes two theories:
1. Interface Theory of Perception - "Our perceptions are a species-specific user interface, not a window on truth, and it's underlying code is a sea of kludge's, punctuated by islands of inadvertent brilliance." From Scrutiny chapter, pg 172
2. Theory of Conscious Realism - "... conscious agents - not objects in spacetime - are fundamental, and that the world consists entirely of conscious agents."
From Community chapter, Pg 184
Along with these two theories is presented the assumption that although our interface is not a direct window on Reality, there is a Reality and we can access it via Mathematics and the scientific method.
Much of the book discusses and provides solid evidence for theory 1. Theory 2 is separate and does not necessarily follow from theory 1. The exposition of it is much more speculative and much less convincing.
The last chapter delves into the mathematical details.
This book is clearly written and well thought-out. Fascinating. ( )
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Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work.Ever since Homo sapiens has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease.The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more "attractive" body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, The Case Against Reality dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see.

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