PublisherOxford University Press
Size6.7 x 0.4 x 4.3 "
Reality: A Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science. ‘What is real?’ is a key question of philosophy, one that has made its way into popular culture. It is asked by scientists investigating whether the fundamental constituents of matter are actually ‘out there’ or just an abstraction from a theory. Cognitive scientists ask it when trying to find out which set of the bewildering array of data processed by our brain could constitute the basis for such supposedly fundamental entities like the free agent or the self.