Reality as a Shared hallucination

After watching the TED talk by Dr. Anil Seth below:

Meditate on the following questions in TOK JOURNAL form:

  1. What are implications of “reality as a shared hallucination”?
    1. For knowledge acquisition?
    2. For Truth?
    3. For Shared Knowledge?
    4. For Perception?

As an aside, my favorite quote from the talk, “When we agree about hallucinations, we call that reality.” 

Public…debate….????

Read the article from The Atlantic below:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/04/the-culture-of-shut-up/360239/

and then consider the following:

  1. Do you think the fictional village in the rain forest is an accurate portrayal of america?
  2. What is the harm of such methods of press and discourse?
  3. What explains the Polarity within society?
  4. Has society always been so polar and extreme in views or is this a new thing?
  5. Do your friends discuss like this? Why or why not?