The Digital Divide: Host Rabia Yeaman interviews Donald Hoffman


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Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Don Hoffman Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine
Rabia Yeaman interviews Donald Hoffman about his research to uncover the underlying secrets of human perception, Donald Hoffman has discovered important clues pointing to the subjective nature of reality.


Rather than as a set of absolute physical principles, reality is best understood as a set of phenomena our brain constructs to guide our behavior. To put it simply: we actively create everything we see, and there is no aspect of reality that does not depend on consciousness.

His research interests include Vision, Cognitive Science, Consciousness, and Evolutionary Models of Perception. Hoffman has worked as a project engineer at the Hughes Aircraft Company and a research scientist at the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hoffman has continued to develop a mathematical model of consciousness and has used that model to solve the "combination problem" of consciousness.

In addition to his positions at UC Irvine, Hoffman has been a guest lecturer at the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung at Universität Bielefeld in Germany (The Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University). He has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the Chopra Foundation, and from the students of UC Irvine. Hoffman has also been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation, the Alzheimer's Foundation, the Faggin Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Department of Defence.

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