From Helen Thomson at New Scientist:
In recent years it has become clear that hallucinations are much more than a rare symptom of mental illness or the result of mind-altering drugs. Their appearance in those of sound mind has led to a better understanding of how the brain can create a world that doesn’t really exist. More surprising, perhaps, is the role they may play in our perceptions of the real world. As researchers explore what is happening in the brain, they are beginning to wonder: do hallucinations make up the very fabric of our reality? (paywall) More.
Of course in a world where the war on falsifiability is the new cosmology, objectivity is just evidence that a guy is a male chauvinist pig, and evolution has bred a sense of reality out of us, thinking is hallucination.
It’s rapidly coming down to this stuff or progress in science, and one suspects many will prefer this stuff. It’s easier and way cool.
See also: Would we give up naturalism to solve the hard problem of consciousness?
What great physicists have said about immateriality and consciousness
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