Donald Hoffman explains how our perceptions have evolved to become like a computer interface.
Would you buy a car programmed to kill you for the greater good?
Imagine life was just a game and it had the following rule: The primary rule was you are not allowed to know you are playing. How do you enter a game that you can’t know you are ever playing?
Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is … or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.