How our perceptions of reality evolved for fitness, not truth -- we see what our ancestors needed to see

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A very interesting talk by Donald Hoffman, a cognitive scientist.
In it, he outlines his theory that our perceptions of reality are analogous to a graphical interface and only as attuned to our environment as evolutionary fitness demands.

In essence, he views our perception of reality as a species specific interface.
Additionally, there are some mind blowing implications of this paradigm that he further elaborates on.

I wish I could've written a more expansive OP, but I'm only just diving into this.
I'll have to read into the subject much further.

Anyhow, enjoy

 
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A discussion with Robert Wright, an author of books on evolutionary psychology, in which he delves deeper into his research.

 

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As an interesting aside, Hoffman's father is a pastor.

In this video, they show him visiting his parents (at 24.00) and discussing his research with his father.
They're at a profound impasse with each other over worldviews, but they seem to be very close in spite of it.

 

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A TED talk in which the speaker demonstrates how fallible our perceptions are.

 

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Which table is longer?

Turns out their dimensions are identical.





Which line is longer?

 
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In which direction are the dots moving?







Now cover one side of the gif with your hand.
 

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I can see you put a lot of effort into your rebuttal.
I was going to watch the video you posted but then wikipediaded him (Robert Wright) and saw that he was from California.

You do know that the great Donald Trump never set foot in California on his march to his magnificent victory.

People are literally fleeing California, it's gone full Libtard.

I'd burn him at the stake for being a heretic
 

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I was going to watch the video you posted but then wikipediaded him (Robert Wright) and saw that he was from California.

You do know that the great Donald Trump never set foot in California on his march to his magnificent victory.

People are literally fleeing California, it's gone full Libtard.

I'd burn him at the stake for being a heretic
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