Dr. Donald Hoffman: Consciousness Theories, Space-Time, Evolution, and Psychedelics
In this episode of Smarter, Not Harder podcast, we are joined by Dr. Donald Hoffman, a cognitive psychologist and popular science author. He is a professor at the University of California — Irvine, and the author of “The Case Against Reality”. He studies consciousness, visual perception, and evolutionary psychology using mathematical models and psychophysical experiments.
Who is Donald 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, with joint appointments in the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and the School of Computer Science.
Hoffman 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. He has co-authored two technical books; Observer Mechanics: A Formal Theory of Perception (1989) offers a theory of consciousness and its relationship to physics; Automotive Lighting and Human Vision (2005) applies vision science to vehicle lighting. His book Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (1998) presents the modern science of visual perception to a broad audience. His 2015 TED Talk, "Do we see reality as it is?" argues that our perceptions have evolved to hide reality from us.
What Did We Discuss with Donald Hoffman?
00:00:35 - About Dr. Donald Hoffman
00:02:31 - Dr. Hoffman’s COVID-19 Experience
00:06:27 - Dr. Hoffman’s Desire to Study Consciousness and Reality
00:16:56 - Dr. Hoffman’s Parents’ Reaction to His Changed Point of View
00:19:35 - Physicalist Framework (Local Realism), Epiphysicalist (Conscious Realism) Framework
00:20:15 - Physicalist Framework
00:22:07 - Physicalism and Science
00:27: 25 - Implications of Finding Structures Beyond Space-time
00:29:28 - The Amplituhedron
00:40:07 - The Evolution
00:47:19 - Integrated Information Theory and Global Workspace Theory
00:50:58 - Dr. Hoffman’s Proposed Theories
00:56:51 - Consciousness as Defined by Conscious Realism
01:02:30 - Nature of Reality
01:05:24 - How His Theories Interface With Spiritual Teachings
01:11:50 - What Are The Impacts Of Dr. Hoffman’s Theories And His Hospitalization Due To COVID-19
01:15:20 - Impacts of Dr. Hoffman's Theories of Consciousness to Other Belief Systems
01:18:25 - Can Psychedelics Evolve Pointers
01:21:20 - Dr. Hoffman’s Meditation
01:31:07 - More About Dr. Hoffman and His Works
01:31:57 - A Preview of His Upcoming Journal
Learn more about Dr. Donald Hoffman
Do We See Reality as It Is?
The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See
Observer Mechanics: A Formal Theory of Perception
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