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The Case Against Reality Reviews

The Case Against Reality by Donald D. Hoffman

The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes

Donald D. Hoffman

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2 reviews

Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 13 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9780241262627

A groundbreaking examination of human perception, reality and the evolutionary schism between the two Do we see the world as it truly is? In The Case Against Reality, pioneering cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says no?

3 stars out of 5
12 Oct 2019

"Hoffman’s breezy fluency draws the reader with him"

‘Something is there in objective reality,’ says Hoffman, and ‘we humans experience its import in terms of DNA, RNA, chromosomes, organisms, or resources.’ Help! Where are we? Surely, in a weird sort of moebius strip: unlike Berkeley, Hoffman can’t invoke God to prop everything up. The Case Against Reality is fascinating, but it left me more frustrated than a male jewel beetle on an old-style Australian beer bottle.


4 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
4 Aug 2019

"thoughtful and occasionally brilliant"

This is a thoughtful, stretching and occasionally brilliant book. But what it says about perception seems faintly obvious to me, not faintly mad. And the stuff about the relationship between reality and consciousness? Certifiably Californian.