The title is from a blog post by Brian Leiter. Leiter links to an article in the LA Review of books: Imitation and Extinction: The Case Against Reality. The article is written by Donald Hoffman.
We have discussed the general topic before, in several threads. So maybe this is a good time to revisit the topic.
Hoffman asks: “I see a green pear. Does the shape and color that I experience match the true shape and color of the real pear?”
My take is that there is no such thing as the “true shape and color of the pear.”
It is a common presumption, that there is an external standard of truth. Here, I mean “external to humans”. Truth is presumed to come from somewhere else. And our perceptual systems evolved to present us with what is true.
As I see it, this is backwards. Yes, our perceptions are mostly true. But this is not because perception is based on truth. Rather, it is because our human ideas of truth are based on what we perceive.
Open for discussion.