Donald D. Hoffman

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Donald D. Hoffman received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1983 and is a Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His research on perception, evolution, and consciousness received the Troland Award of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution of the American Psychological Association, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and is the subject of his TED Talk, titled "Do we see reality as it is?" ...more

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“The tinkering of evolution can concoct perceptual interfaces with endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful; the vast majority of these, however, are to us most inconceivable. Evolution is not finished tinkering with the perceptual interfaces of Homo sapiens. The mutations that bless one in twenty-five with some form of synesthesia are surely part of the process, and some of these mutations might catch on; much of the tinkering centers on our perceptions of color. Evolution defies our silly stricture that our perceptions must be veridical. It freely explores endless forms of sensory interfaces, hitting now and then on novel ways to shepherd our endless foraging for fitness.”
Donald D. Hoffman, The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes

“To construct is the essence of vision. Dispense with
construction and you dispense with vision. Everything you experience by sight is your construction.”
Donald D. Hoffman

“There are as many cubes as there are observers constructing cubes. And when you look away, your cube ceases to be.”
Donald D. Hoffman, The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes

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