Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman

“Everything you experience by sight is your construction.”

Donald Hoffman is an American cognitive psychologist working at the University of California, Irvine. He is making waves with a new theory suggesting that, instead of presenting reality as it "really is", our perception is like a desktop interface enabling us to use reality effectively. Donald’s latest book, The Case Against Reality, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Physics World Book of the Year 2019. It fleshes out the notion that we do not perceive reality objectively, and argues for a mathematical, rather than spatio-temporal, model of reality.

“One of the deepest and most original thinkers of his generation” – Steven Pinker