A leading British scientist has claimed that the human brain creates its own version of reality, and the world we see around us is mostly make-believe.
Professor Bruce Hood will demonstrate how we have less control over our own decisions and perceptions than we like to imagine in a series of prestigious lectures for the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the oldest independent research body in the world.
"A lot of the world is make-believe. We're only aware of a fraction of what's going on," News.com.au quoted Prof Hood as telling The London Times.
"We have this impression of an expansive panorama in front of our eyes, but all we are ever seeing is an area the size of our thumbs at an arm's distance.
"The rest is filled in, as the brain creates a stable environment.
"Though you might think you're an individual and captain of your ship, a lot of processes are being controlled by those around you and your environment," he added.