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Why aren't humans constantly hallucinating ?

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esoteric_toad

Woah dude, maybe we are and reality isn't what it really is!!! (say that in a stoner voice ;)

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Dumbledore the Awesome

They are (or, if you're human, we are). Just look at the evidence: Donald Trump. Boris Johnson. 

These can't be products of reality. 

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Seti42

How do we know we aren't? Especially if most hallucinations are shared...

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godnodog

Define "hallucination", cause everyday I see some crazy ass stuff happening out there that makes me think I am some sort of an extra terrestrial 

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Big Jim

I had the same question as the previous posters and one more.  How do you know when a mouse is hallucinating?

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highdesert50

Reduced to the absurd; too much hallucinating results in being eaten by a predator. Hence, unlikely to procreate and propagate the trait. As for idiots who are elected into positions of authority; well, for the half of the population that is above average in intelligence, there is the other half that is below average, and unfortunately, they vote too ;)

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quiXilver

Humans entirely hallucinate reality.

Human perception is signal interpretation,from partial information.  Not raw reception of absolute reality.

 

Our senses are transducers for signals from the frequencies of the world we can receive signals from; these signals are only partial information (hence the need for notions such as dark matter to account for all that lies beyond our ken) and these signals are interpreted.  The interpretations vary by individual, but share flavors of similiarity in Culture, Tribe and Social influences.  How we interpret the signals of perception determines our experience of reality.

Naive Realism would have you assuming you perceive the universe as it is in its entirety.  This is patently false.

 

I'm reminded of this when I share a conversation with a person and it becomes clear that even though we are in the same environment, hearing the same sounds, our experience is vastly differing.

I am reminded of this whenever I hear the Buddha's quote "take care what you think... it becomes your reality."

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Inversion5
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Dreaming is hallucinating, i figure. So everyone hallucinates at one point in their lives or often. Some people might actually be dreaming while awake. So maybe the world is a dream to them. There are so many different people out there, I can't imagine this is not the case. Would be so cool to find someone like that though. I do remember a documentary of a guy that never slept, like literally had not slept for 30 years, or something like that, and all he did was organize things. His entire huge apartment was nothing but filing cabinets and cubbyholes. Could be related.

Also: "We don't know how many cells it might take to trigger a more elaborate thought, sensory experience, or emotion in a person," said Deisseroth. If they did, it probably could help people with post trauma that have a difficult time adapting, like some veterans and so forth. Perhaps without drugging them into oblivion. 

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Calibeliever

Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream.

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Desertrat56
On 7/21/2019 at 5:45 AM, esoteric_toad said:

Woah dude, maybe we are and reality isn't what it really is!!! (say that in a stoner voice ;)

I was thinking the same thing, only without the stoner voice, considering how different people have different perspectives and assumptions about the same things.  Even multiple witnesses have different versions of an incident based  on their bias, preoccupation, what they pay attention to.  For example, I could identify someone by their shoes but might not remember the color of their eyes.   :P

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Farmer77

Wait........you guys arent?

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TripGun

All peoples personalities are just figments of their imagination - interperceptually speaking of course.

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ThereWeAreThen

Well there are millions of people who believe in the paranormal so yes. There are humans constantly hallucinating. 

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