Reality might be hallucinations created by your brain

What is reality?

According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? Don’t miss this completely fascinating talk that challenges all our conceptions of reality and consciousness — and is eerily similar to the teachings of Zen Buddhism.

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  1. In regards to reality being a hallucination of the brain, this was also the teaching of Adi Sankara, who stated that the world as we see it around us is created by our consciousness, and in reality it is Maya (artificial). This concept goes beyond what Anil Seth is talking about- that the entire world does not really exist, and it is a projection of our brain. Interestingly, this has also recently been speculated by some physicists. This is also derivable from Quantum Physics. There is also a discipline called Quantum Metaphysics which studies this subject.

    “A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” – R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University , “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005)

    1. Thanks Sekhar for the very insightful perspective. (Dr Laligam Sekhar is a world-renowned neurosurgeon/ neuroscientist with decades-long record of surgery and research in skull base neurosurgery: one of the most technically difficult and challenging pursuits in all of surgery).

  2. I agree with the comments with Laligam sekhar that “The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” – R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University , “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005)”. I like to further add that as stated by Adi Shankara acharya based on Upanishads that “Satyam Brhamam Jagat Midhya Jivo Brahamiva Naparah” meaning that Consciousness is the only reality and the truth and the world is transactional reality (Yavaharika satyam).Life is not different from Consciousness.It is the consciousness which enlivens the mind which is nothing but the thoughts which are correlated to brain activity .Therefore it is not the brain producing the hallucination since in absence of consciousness jagat and mind are non exsistent.

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