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What Is Real? The Neuroscience of Perception

What Is Real? The Neuroscience of Perception

You could say that we're all hallucinating all the time and when we agree on our hallucinations, that's what we call reality. - Anil Seth

by Erika Block

In this imaginative and powerful story, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains how what we perceive isn’t an accurate reflection of a real, externally existing world. In fact, perception and hallucination are based on similar processes—they are our brain’s interpretation of myriad inputs.

All our perceptions are a kind of storytelling by the brain.

We can't perceive something unless we can imagine it. We can't imagine something unless we can perceive it.

From The Future of Storytelling