20 Books I read in 2022

Review of “The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes” (Donald D. Hoffman)

What a mess this book is! Hoffman mixes two distinct theories: (1) The emergence of consciousness and (2) The information nature of the world. These can and should be discussed separately. By trying to mix them, he slides into pseudo-scientific babbling. To “proof” his ideas, he spends a whole chapter discussing optical illusions.

To those interested in these topics I’d recommended to read instead the following two books:

(1) Regarding emergence of consciousness: Douglas Hofstadter. Either “I am a strange loop” or the harder but more thorough “Gödel, Escher, Bach

(2) Regarding the information nature of the world, Seth Lloyd, “Programming the Universe“.

To me at least, this book was painful to read and I was cringing many times. I almost left it unfinished, but kept reading, hoping that I was missing the big aha-effect (I was not).

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