Why there’s no such thing as objective reality

Greg Anderson|TEDxOhioStateUniversity (ted.com)

In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous civilizations, where myths ruled and gods roamed, says historian Greg Anderson. So why do Westerners today think they’re right about reality and everybody else is wrong? Anderson tears into the fabric of objective reality to reveal the many universes that lie beyond — and encourages a healthy reimagining of what other possible ways of being human could look like.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxOhioStateUniversity, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.


Greg Anderson · HistorianGreg Anderson uses history to question the way we think about the nature of reality itself.

One thought on “Why there’s no such thing as objective reality”

  1. With all due respect, to make a big deal of the conclusion that the field or discipline of history, which is based on an expert interpretation of artifacts in cultural context, is not *objective* is not news. And then to couple “objective” with “reality,” and then to deny that, is a purely rhetorical move.

    That said, the TEDx talker might be serving a very useful social function by reaching people who are woefully ignorant of history, let alone reality!

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