Donald Hoffman: Conscious Realism, Evolution, Interface Theory of Perception, Reality & Veridicality

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Donald Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an author of over 120 scientific papers and three books, including “The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.” (2019). He has a TED Talk titled “Do We See Reality as It Is?".

EPISODE LINKS:
- Donald's Website: https://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/
- Donald's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Donald-D.-Hoffman/e/B001HPIWAW%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Donald's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=G99fnUgAAAAJ&hl=en
- Donald's TED Talk: https://youtu.be/oYp5XuGYqqY

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:35) - Psychophysics
(05:56) - Evolution & veridical reality
(10:21) - Fitness payoff functions & homomorphisms
(20:27) - Space-Time does not exist
(32:24) - Take it (Space-Time) seriously, not literally
(42:20) - Interface theory of perception (ITP)
(49:08) - Conscious realism & Conscious Agents (CA) theory
(58:00) - Morals and meaning-making
(1:07:06) - Markovian dynamics, entropy & time
(1:10:53) - Karl Friston's minimizing free energy principle
(1:14:34) - Universal Darwinism & Markovian kernal universality
(1:19:19) - Gödel's incompleteness theorems
(1:26:21) - The notion of life, the self & neuroscience
(1:36:03) - Donald's author/philosopher recommendations
(1:42:50) - Response to other counter-arguments & misconceptions
(1:54:13) - Donald's views on religion/spirituality & its relationship with science/mathematics
(2:02:39) - Conclusion