Nov 24, 2022
EP 170 - Donald Hoffman
Welcome to the Pretty Intense Podcast - today on the show is Donald Hoffman. Get your thinking cap on. Donald is a cognitive psychologist. He is a science author, and he is a professor at the University of California, Irvine. Donald's research is around consciousness. We talked about what is consciousness? What is world reality? What is this human personal reality? There are so many emerging discoveries in science, for instance, physical objects are not real unless you are looking at them. We talk about what that means, and why we search to find these answers? What is the point of it all? We hope you enjoy this thought-provoking conversation about reality, consciousness and how that plays into our lives.
Donald Hoffman received a PhD in Computational Psychology from MIT, and is a Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers and three books, including The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences. His writing has appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, LA Review of Books, and Edge, and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, Ars Technica, National Public Radio, Discover Magazine, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has a TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?” and a podcast Titled “Reality is an illusion” with Lex Fridman.