5 The “Reality” Delusion

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

—Marcus Aurelius

In the first chapter I introduced the idea that, as human beings, we still retain many “animal instincts”, while at the same time generally preferring to think of ourselves as rational. We naturally assume that our conscious experience of the world is “accurate”, and that we therefore have a good grasp of what is happening “out there”. Since then, I hope you've begun to seriously doubt these beliefs. Now, I'd like to develop a clearer picture of what is going on.

Imagine that you are standing by the side of the road as a police car races towards you with its siren blaring. We all instinctively know ...

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