American cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman suggests humans don’t perceive reality, we imagine it for communication between conscious agents. As explanation he adds when a computer displays an image the underlying data isn’t an image, it’s 1’s and 0’s. Similarly we don’t perceived the actual. The most effective way to communicate is visually, we imagine matter. He says rather than matter the universe is consciousness, and we are conscious agents. The material world is for our interaction.
It’s difficult to deny the existence of the material world. I don’t think he is denying that we perceive a world rather examining its source. We have always wondered about the world, who or what created it. He provides compelling evidence that our consciousness creates it. He shows how matter is a product of consciousness. He questions how neurological activity gives experience, we require consciousness for that. He says “We’ve been shaped to have perceptions that keep us alive… If I see a train, I don’t step in front of it… it’s a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally.” Matter is the epiphenomenon of consciousness, mind over matter.
Rupert Sheldrake says the best way to understand connections in social media is visually. Hence the way for consciousness to connect is visual. We fabricates matter as the stage for connection, indeed we are visual creatures. Monist theory says matter doesn’t exist, it’s a manifestation for the visual connection of conscious agents. Rather than atoms the underlying reality of the universe is consciousness.