So called cognitive psychologist just got out of a denial about the ton of researched evidences that consciousness is at least 99% generated by brain / body functions ... Please, take a good night of sleep and realize: we are hardly in control of our perceptions (a paradox: thinking that because reality is generated in the brain, we have the power to create it at will, no, we are not disconnected from the universe !), inputs.
And they are trying to make it seems like a break through ! Funnily enough bragging about the process of becoming egoless/egofree. From Plato to Spinoza or Antonio Damasio, even self introspection has precious insights. But taking some time alone to reflect on ourselves is overrated right ? Preferably strutting around.
Ego chatter a bitch. Work undervalued. Opinions trash. Where is purpose ? Where are priorities ?
And to the other comment !? "If this theory is correct, is it proof of some sort of afterlife?", of course not, on the exact opposite: if reality is defined by the brain (rather than seen in god's theaters), what is it that you have left to perceive reality after you're gone ? From which place ? With what senses ? With whom ?
It is interesting to think about how unlogical reasoning (lie) constructs come to life, maybe it is a sign of how we tend to cling to what we know, why ? Is it in order to have a stable frame of reference from which we can be able to respond to everyday challenges ? Or, are lies emerging from twists, schemes and strings !?
What if, instead of being like the others egocentrical bastards (literally, illegitimates childs of the brain) we tried to identify what we don't know that we don't know ? The article in the link is trying to say that reality being fake as we perceive it, is a legitimate, necessary construct made by the brain to live more efficiently, but why would that be true ?
On the contrary, isn't the human brain top feature to be able to assess new evidences coming through our senses in order to challenge ourselves (there is no strengh without tension, no balance without deepness, understand it as you see fit), change ourselves and our surroundings ? Adaptation is key to life.
Of course, we can only process informations bit by bit (ironically ? No, John von Neumann, pioneer in computer architectures, among others, was inspired by workings of the brain), it's not about reality vs fiction, it's about being part of a whole ! It's about depth and complexity.
For fsck* sake, it seems to me that too many people are asking the wrong questions, if any questions at all ... Been there, done that, didn't do good.
Why does it matter so much to understand how our brain function ? : Capability. The answer is like saying RTFM* ! God Damn It ;-)
*file system consistency check
*READ THE FUCKING MANUAL