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Is reality real? These neuroscientists don’t think so | Big Think

Is reality real? These neuroscientists don’t think so, with Richard Dawkins, Heather Heying, Donald Hoffman & more

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Is there an external reality? Is reality objective? Is the information your senses are feeding you an accurate depiction of reality? Most neuroscientists, biologists, and scientific leaders believe that we only understand a sliver of what is real.

Although we assume our senses are telling us the truth, they’re actually fabricated to us. Considering senses are unique from person to person, and through our unique senses we can only intemperate a fraction of what is real, there is no all-encompassing perspective one can have. Because of this, we need to take our perceptions seriously, but not literally.

Multiple perspectives have to be taken, as each will have some sort of truth lies within them. Seeing partial truth in multiple perspectives is fundamental to navigating the world and making informed decisions.

Read the video transcript: https://bigthink.com/videos/objective-reality

0:00 Beau Lotto on how we perceive our external reality.
0:32 Alva Noë on how our reality projects into our nervous system.
1:20 Donald Hoffman on if our senses are telling us the truth.
2:58 Frank Wilczek on how we perceive color and sound.
4:41 Daniel Schmachtenberger on perception, choice making, and navigating reality.
6:01 Heather Heying on how to figure out what is true in reality.
6:28 Richard Dawkins on objective reality vs. science
Read more of our stories on objective reality:
Did we evolve to see reality as it exists? No, says cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman.►► https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/does-reality-exist
Is human consciousness creating reality? ►►https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/is-human-consciousness-creating-reality
New hypothesis argues the universe simulates itself into existence►► https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/new-hypothesis-argues-the-universe-simulates-itself-into-existence
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