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The Case Against Reality with Donald Hoffman

The Simulated Universe with Riz Virk

Join Riz as he talks with Donald Hoffman, professor emeritus at University of California-Irvine,and the  author of The Case Against Reality:Why Evolution Hid the Truth From Our Eyes.  They discuss his idea of conscious agents, why spacetime is dead, why reality is like being in a virtual headset, and why all three of the fundamental theories our scientists subscribe to - general relativity, quantum mechanics and evolution - all point to the idea that what we think of as "reality" is not really reality.  Moreover, Hoffman talks about the limits of scientific theories and why most of our theories are probably wrong.  This is a lively discussion you'll not want to miss!

1hr 7mins

5 Apr 2021

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Scientist Exposes Why Your Reality is All a Lie | Donald Hoffman on Conversations with Tom

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

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Donald shares the possibilities of consciousness and the infinite nature of theories that exist outside of the virtual reality headset he uses to describe the version of reality you may still be experiencing. Take the plunge into this conversation and challenge the consciousness of what you call your true self.   Order Donald’s latest book, ‘The Case Against Reality’: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolution-Truth/dp/0393254690   SHOW NOTES:   Consciousness | The theory of reality beyond the physical space and time [1:24] Spacetime | Donald relates Grand Theft Auto to understanding reality beyond space time [7:48] Testing Reality | Testable predictions of reality outside of space time and the fundamental nature of consciousness [10:40] Conscious Agents | Donald introduces conscious agents using the Twitter model [16:00] Conscious Illusion | How consciousness is not bound to the laws of physics and is created as needed in a simulation [22:00] Evolution | Why evolutionary theory only exists in space and time within the VR experience [26:34] The Unknown | The dark side of letting go to explore unknown concepts [33:40] Spacetime Simulator | Donald takes us through how consciousness is explored [37:33] Predicted Consciousness | Enjoying experience and predicting the realm of consciousness [49:57] Girdles Down | The Girdles theorem and why everything can not theoretically be known [54:46] A.I. Consciousness | How reductionism makes it possible to give rise to consciousness [1:03:54] Created Consciousness | Donald explains the creation of consciousness from portals [1:10:29] God Hypothesis | Donald’s hypothesis of science of God as agent of consciousness [1:15:05] Asymptotic behavior | Long term behaviors from far away that use spacetime theory [1:26:07] Alien Intelligence | Donald discusses alien intelligence and being in a simulator [1:31:22] Living vs NonLiving | Being unplugged from VR game and notion of self [1:33:53] Meditation | Donald shares how meditating to let go and have complete silence transforms his thoughts [1:46:20]   QUOTES:   “ Science has not yet been studying objective reality outside of our space time virtual reality, that from an evolutionary point of view, was just evolved as a way for us to play the game of life, and stay alive long enough to reproduce, not to show us the truth.” [8:06]   “That's what spacetime is. Spacetime, the sun and the moon, physical objects, everything that we see inside of space and time is just our visualization tool. The reality we're interacting with is nothing like the visualization tool. There's nothing like space and time. It's a whole network of interacting conscious agents outside of space time, a vast social network. And we've made the rookie mistake of assuming that our headset, VR, our visualization tool, is the final reality.” [17:55]   “no matter how much consciousness explores its possibilities, it could never come to the end of its own possibilities. And so it's in a never ending self exploration.” [31:22]   “And right now we're sort of stuck on this little headset, three dimensions, small amount of color that we can see and so forth. Just, we thought it was the whole world. No, it's just it's a little headset.” [33:08]   “...we’re chasing that consciousness itself is only about exploring new possibilities of experience.” [35:55]   “So the reason I'm doing this is because I can't even imagine a specific color that I've never seen before, I can't imagine in four dimensions. In other words, I take it as a given that I'm deeply, deeply limited in my imagination. And I need all the tools I can get to help me step outside of my headset and try to guess, the unfathomable outside of there.” [52:47]   “There seems to be reward for absolute silence, no concept whatsoever, and out absolute precision on the other hand. And there's no reward for sloppy thinking in the middle.” [1:51:57]   “don't hold on to anything dogmatically right as that's the sort of the point explore and then be the first to kill off the things that you know really don't make sense don't don't hold on to them so it's an anti dogmatic point of view” [1:54:37]   FOLLOW (NAME): Website:http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/ Email: ddhoff@uci.edu Twitter: https://twitter.com/donalddhoffman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donalddhoffman/

2hr 4mins

1 Apr 2021

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#93 — The Argument Against Reality — Dr. Donald Hoffman

Below the Line with James Beshara

This episode features a mind-blowing conversation with Dr. Donald Hoffman, a professor of cognitive sciences at UC Irvine who has proven the chances that we are seeing and experiencing reality is essentially zero percent. He and James talk about the emergence of consciousness, the differences between Dr. Hoffman’s viewpoints and nondualism, and the evolving implications of his provable, mathematical models.   Follow Dr. Donald Hoffman: https://twitter.com/donalddhoffman Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/ About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.

1hr 59mins

12 Mar 2021

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Dr. Donald Hoffman (Part 2) - The Brain is Fiction and Natural Selection Has Hidden the Truth of Reality

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

This is Part 2 of my mind-blowing conversation with the brilliant Dr. Donald Hoffman.Donald is a full professor of cognitive science at the University of California, the author of The Case Against Reality and Visual Intelligence, and the co-author of Observer Mechanics.Within his body of work, Donald studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, generates every aspect of our so-called reality. Through his research, he has discovered important clues pointing to the subjective nature of reality, which can be best understood as a set of phenomena our brain constructs to guide our behavior. In other words, we actively create everything we see, and we see what we need to see to make sense of things and survive.  This is a truly mind-blowing conversation, so get ready to work your brain and challenge your perceptions at their very most fundamental.Donald has received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. Listen as we discuss:The brain is just an icon, and accepting that as a neuroscientist is possible.Brains do not exist when they're not observed, nor does anything else.We render what we see every time we perceive it and garbage collect it.Getting into the flow state while playing video games is like rendering a new reality.Donald's current work on trying to find a mathematical model for conscious agentsHow you can manipulate the visual cortex and movement perception with magnetsEach hemisphere of the brain has different consciousness, knowledge and worldviews.Natural selection has hidden the truth from us.The tools of science can be applied to something beyond spacetime - spirituality.The role of the observer in quantum theory, and quantum theory is nothing but the algebra of space-time.Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Donald Hoffman on Twitter @donaldhoffman.Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

33mins

27 Feb 2021

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Dr. Donald Hoffman (Part 1) - The Case Against Reality and Why We Only See What We Need to Survive

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Today’s guest is the brilliant Dr. Donald Hoffman. Donald is a full professor of cognitive science at the University of California, the author of The Case Against Reality and Visual Intelligence, and the co-author of Observer Mechanics.Within his body of work, Donald studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, generates every aspect of our so-called reality. Through his research, he has discovered important clues pointing to the subjective nature of reality, which can be best understood as a set of phenomena our brain constructs to guide our behavior. In other words, we actively create everything we see, and we see what we need to see to make sense of things and survive.  This is a truly mind-blowing conversation, so get ready to work your brain and challenge your perceptions at their very most fundamental.Donald has received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. Listen as we discuss:How did Donald get into the full time study of making a case against reality?Why mathematical models of processing reality are still ignoring a deeper layer.You cannot infer from what you're doing in a game what is actually rendering the game.We only see the parts of the game we focus on.Evolution has given us a VR headset, not a window into reality, and the point of it is to win the game of life.Winning the game and seeing the truth are two very different things.If you try to control reality directly, you're going to be very inefficient and lose the game.Science is evolving, and space-time is doomed because it's in "the game world".We're programmed to believe in "reality" from age 4 and never question it.Humility is how we learn.The brain is an icon in your perception, not a causal mechanism.Donald's Theory of Conscious Agents and why existence is like TwitterReality is a visualization tool that distills and focuses our experience so we don't get overwhelmed.Everything is just icons we associate with a consciousness.Instagram: @mo_gawdatFacebook: @mo.gawdat.officialTwitter: @mgawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatConnect with Donald Hoffman on Twitter @donaldhoffmanDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

36mins

24 Feb 2021

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67. Donald Hoffman on Living in Simulation, False Reality, and Consciousness

Growth Minds

With everything that has happened in 2020, the question of whether we live in a simulation has come up once or twice. Our guest today, Donald Hoffman, goes a step further, proving that the reality we see is false.  Donald Hoffman is a cognitive psychologist, author of The Case Against Reality, TED speaker, and professor at the University of California Irvine. 

1hr 58mins

13 Jan 2021

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Dr. Donald Hoffman on Why Our Senses Lie to Us

Finding Mastery

This week’s conversation is with Dr. Donald Hoffman a Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.I got introduced to Donald through the legendary Deepak Chopra so I was very excited to speak with Donald…Donald received a PhD from MIT and is an author of over 120 scientific papers and three books, including The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences.His writing has appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Edge, and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, Ars Technica, National Public Radio, Discover Magazine, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.He has a TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?” and that sets the tone for this conversation…In Donald's words: “I’m deeply convinced that everything that I've been taught is probably largely wrong. Everything that I believed is probably largely wrong. One of the big, big things that I have to work on as a person is to be good with that, to be good with not knowing and to face the fundamental and profound ignorance that's part of the human condition.”-----Please support our partners!We're able to keep growing and creating content for YOU because of their support. We believe in their mission and would appreciate you supporting them in return!!To take advantage of deals from our partners, head to http://www.findingmastery.net/partners where you'll find all discount links and codes mentioned in the podcast.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 23mins

25 Nov 2020

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#124: Professor Donald Hoffman on Consciousness, Reality and Evolution

Freedom Pact

Today on the show, we are joined by Professor Donald Hoffman. Donald Hoffman is an American cognitive psychologist at the University of California. We’ve got a mind-blowing episode for you today, and one that may needed to be re-listened to multiple times. In Doanld’s book 'The Case Against Reality', Donald argues that perception doesn’t present things as they are but instead acts like a desktop interface enabling us to interact with the world. Donald’s theory in the Case against reality is that evolution has pulled the wool over our eyes and for that reason, we don’t see reality as it is. What a sensational claim.In this podcast, we examine the very foundations of consciousness. What it is, why we haven’t found a theory for it yet, will we ever find one and Donald’s mathematical theory of consciousness. We also explore other ideas that include why is evolution hiding reality from us? What is the nature of consciousness is one of the biggest unanswered questions in science today. Here, we take a crack at it. I hope you enjoy this episode, with the incredibly thought provoking Professor Donald Hoffman.Links:https://www.youtube.com/c/FreedomPact (video interviews)https://freedompact.co.uk/newsletter (Healthy, Wealthy & Wise)https://instagram.com/freedompact

1hr 12mins

24 Sep 2020

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The Case Against Reality | Donald Hoffman

Let It In with Guy Lawrence

#133 My awesome guest this week is Donald Hoffman with a mind-bending conversation. Donald Hoffman is a cognitive psychologist and popular science author, and in this episode, he talks about our perceptions of reality and then makes us question it. Do we see the world as it truly is? How can we understand the relationship between the physical world and consciousness?   Drawing from his inspirations and his own books and papers, Don teaches us about evolutionary theory and how it shapes our perceptions into illusions. In short, how has evolution made our brains perceive reality the way we do? Cool right? I definitely thought so. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I did! About Donald: Donald David Hoffman is an American cognitive psychologist and popular science author. He is a professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California Irvine, and he studies consciousness, visual perception and evolutionary psychology using mathematical models and psychophysical experiments. His research subjects include facial attractiveness, the recognition of shape, the perception of motion and color, the evolution of perception, and the mind-body problem. (Should I include more Biographical data?) Key points with time stamp: Don’s work in his own words (5:04) What makes Don passionate about his work? (6:08) Are we getting close to the answers of our difficult questions on this world and our perception of it? (9:53) How important is it to question reality? (11:19) Is there a deeper reality that creates our version of reality? (14:44) How we create Space-Time (20:04) What do we mean by “we?” What is identity? (27:39) Evolutionary theory on how our senses perceive realty and why (31:54) Why is the truth hidden from us? (33:37) Life and the unknown (39:11) Why is the meditative experience stepping into the unknown? (40:26) The effects of a meditation practice on Don’s life (43:48) The reception of The Case Against Reality in the science world (45:44) Don’s morning routine (48:56) What’s next for Don? (49:56) What Don leaves the listeners with (52:22) So here we have all the main talk points and the time stamps, let me know which ones you’d rather keep and which one’s you think can be skipped. Mentioned in this episode: The Case Against Reality (2019), book by Donald Hoffman https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolution-Truth/dp/0393254690 I wasn’t able to really get the shoutout at the beginning of the episode? Could you help me with understanding and writing what you meant? Michael Faraday James Clerk Maxwell Nima Arkani-Hamed Edward Witten David Gross Hadron Collider Chetan Prakash Journal of Entropy Objects of Consciousness- Paper by Donald Hoffman and Chetan Prakash (www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00577/full) Kurt Goedel and Goedel’s Incompleteness Visual Intelligence (1998), book by Donald Hoffman Gottfried Leibniz and The Monadology Donald’s Twitter: twitter.com/donalddhoffman Donald’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/donald-hoffman-8b92b613 Read more about Donald Hoffman and his work here: www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff www.quantamagazine.org/the-evolutionary-argument-against-reality-20160421 www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/04/the-illusion-of-reality/479559 www.ted.com/speakers/donald_hoffmanAbout me: My Instagram: www.instagram.com/guyhlawrence/?hl=en My website: www.guylawrence.com.au www.liveinflow.co www.letitin.com.au

55mins

23 Aug 2020

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Mind Meld 216 | The Mind of Infinity with Dr. Donald Hoffman

THIRD EYE DROPS

For rewards and podcast extras, become a patron Dr. Donald Hoffman returns to the mind meld to chat about the illusion of reality. Why there will never be a theory of everything and why the universe is an infinite candy store. Don Hoffman is a Professor of Cognitive Science at UC Irvine. His chief areas of inquiry include perception, the illusory nature of reality, free will, and the development of a scientific model for consciousness. Support us-- Join us and get rewards on Patreon Review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Sign up for our mailing list at thirdeyedrops.com

1hr 28mins

20 Aug 2020

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