Seeing is believing. Yet optical illusions and acid trips make it clear that what we see is a function of what we think and believe. Might perception and experience be a creative response to the world enabling us to live in a strange and unknowable world? Or do they provide a direct link to reality?
This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission. It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.