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The Case Against Reality

Deepak Chopra + Don Hoffman

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Seeing may be believing, but that doesn’t make it true. Deepak Chopra, MD, and cognitive scientist Don Hoffman attempt to define what is true while discussing Dr. Hoffman’s new book, The Case Against Reality. This groundbreaking examination argues that our visual perception of space, time, and physical objects is not a window on reality but a user interface constructed by natural selection to hide reality and guide adaptive actions.

About the Speakers

A world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and the cofounder of and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “One of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” Dr. Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

He is a prolific author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, with 25 New York Times bestsellers, including You Are the Universe. His latest book, The Healing Self, with co-author Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, was released in 2018. This is his fourth onstage appearance at the Rubin. The WorldPost and Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra “#17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in medicine.”

Donald Hoffman, BA, PhD, is a Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science. He received the Troland Award of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association, and the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation. His writing has appeared in Scientific American and Edge, and his work has been featured in the Atlantic, Wired, and Quanta. His previous book Visual Intelligence How We Create What We See, also published by WW Norton, explores the creative genius of the mind’s eye. His 2015 TED talk, “Do We See Reality as it Is?” lays out the premise of his new book The Case Against Reality in 19 minutes and has been viewed over 2.6 million times.

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