Volume 16 · Number 1 · Pages 124–128
Does Your Brain Exist when Unperceived? Review of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes by Donald Hoffman

Alex Gomez-Marin

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Abstract

Abstract: Not only does Hoffman claim that we do not see reality as it is, but that unperceived brains, trees and moons do not exist. His “interface theory of perception” is a peculiar blend of metaphorical ontology (objects are icons, space-time is a desktop) and mathematical modelling (the game-theoretical argument that fitness trumps truth. Conflating abstractions with concrete experience, evolution is used to refute everything (including evolution itself. Hoffman’s sweeping iconoclasm then lands where it took off: addressing the problem of consciousness. After arguing against reality, he will tell us what it is.

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Gomez-Marin A. (2020) Does your brain exist when unperceived? Review of the case against reality: Why evolution hid the truth from our eyes by donald hoffman. Constructivist Foundations 16(1): 124–128. https://constructivist.info/16/1/124

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