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Act Out! [148] - Our Own Matrix: Perceptions, “Reality” & How to Build Inside the Matrix

Act Out! [148] - Our Own Matrix: Perceptions, “Reality” & How to Build Inside the Matrix
Wed, 2/14/2018 - by Eleanor Goldfield
This article originally appeared on Occupy.com

This week on Act Out!, you've likely heard the phrase perception is reality. But what if it's not – not even close? What if we don't see an objective reality? Or to borrow another phrase, what if we can't handle the truth? Donald Hoffman, a quantitative and computational psychologist, has a theory which suggests just that: that we aren't evolutionarily built to see reality and perhaps never will be. What, then, are the socio-political impacts of his theory? This week, human psychology, evolution and even math shed some light on the human condition and how we might be able to save ourselves from our own virtual reality.

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