REALITY IS AN ILLUSION: How To Design Your Dream Life & EXIT THE MATRIX | Donald Hoffman


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It’s pretty normal that you think of reality being the world around us, the tangible things you see and interact with. You probably even include and make space for how your emotions influence perception and tie that into what creates your reality.

Donald Hoffman is joining Tom for another mind-bending episode to challenge if we’re actually living in a false reality. Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist that has argued against reality and the limitations of spacetime.

Some questions being posed in this episode that will stretch your beyond your limits are:

  • What is beyond spacetime?
  • What is the true structure of objective reality?
  • Is it possible evolution has shaped us in a way that guides our behaviors and therefore how we see objective reality?

His idea of comparing our current reality to that of living in a virtual headset is being taken to the next few levels up and exploring the strategies we use to survive the game of life.

Check out Donald Hoffman’s latest book, The Case Against Reality, Why Evolution Hid The Truth From Our Eyes here:

Don’t miss Donald’s last conversation on Why Reality Is All A Lie:


“The strategies are ways to survive long enough to reproduce. So you can look at the different strategies for playing the game of life…”

“The game of life is, how do I live long enough to reproduce and how do I raise my offspring to maturity.”

“Our window on the world is trivial compared to in principle what could be available.”

“The probability is one that we don't see the truth at all.”

“Visual attention, paying attention to different objects, is our way of switching from this representation of fitness payoffs to this representation of fitness payoffs.”

“Spacetime is just our headset.”

“We’ve been short-changed. Really shallow data structure. Only three-dimensions of space, one dimension of time, we got a cheap headset.”

“Reason is telling us its limits. Reason is saying that logic itself cannot get to all truths.”

“It's better to put something on the table and get a negative reaction so we can say, what are better places to go in this.”

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