Evolution wants us to hide from the truth | Donald Hoffman Ph.D. | Waking Cosmos

metaRising Is consciousness the fundamental nature of reality? Neuroscientist Donald Hoffman discusses his theory of “conscious agents” on the Waking Cosmos podcast. EPISODE SUMMARY For all of science’s impressive advancements, one problem has stubbornly eluded us: Why do we have consciousness? How does inert unconscious matter give rise to the light of conscious experience? Neuroscientist Donald Hoffman has been pondering this question throughout his career. His thinking has gradually led him to a surprising possibility — that consciousness itself is fundamental to reality. Donald’s theory, however, differs from that of the growing number of other scientists and philosophers now arriving at this conclusion. The fundamental nature of reality, Donald theorizes, is comprised of an infinite network of interacting conscious agents. Uniquely, Donald offers a precise mathematical definition of a conscious agent. He believes the theory may be used to reconstruct the universe and existing scientific discoveries purely through the interaction of these units of consciousness. As Donald has gradually become “a student of the math” his theory has led him to consider fantastic possibilities, including the existence of infinitely great minds which exist beyond our realm of perception. Among other possibilities, Donald believes “conscious realism” leaves the door open to life after death. In my conversation with Donald we explore the surprising implications of his theory, and what it suggests about our own place in reality. Please consider supporting Waking Cosmos on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/wakingcosmos Pick up Donald’s book “The Case Against Reality” (also on Audible) here: https://amzn.to/2T31Kes SEO TAGS~ Donald Hoffman Consciousness The Case Against Reality Donald Hoffman Ted Consciousness Creates Reality Conscious Agents Conscious Realism Reality Reality and Consciousness Waking Cosmos Waking Cosmos podcast Science and NonDuality SAND Idealism Panpsychism Quantum mind Quantum consciousness Entangled minds

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