Reality: Distorted/Augmented?

What is reality? How can we know whether our perceptions are accurate representations of the world? What happens when one person’s conception of reality disagrees with another person’s? These questions have been addressed in different ways in nearly every domain of intellectual discourse; however, answers have rarely been more important than now, when our society seems to be confronting a crisis of reality: news sources, governmental administrations, scientists, advertisers, think tanks, and others repeatedly tell stories that differ in their essential facts and those facts’ application. In this course, we will try to come to grips with reality by examining philosophical, literary, and scientific works that confront, comment on, or try to resolve the difference between reality and the perception of reality.