To change a world-view which is based on the evidence of things PRESENT with 35min is not an easy task. To give a hint with an experiement everybody may conduct by themselves is one secret weapon to open a dialogue about that. We are ruled by the storytelling about concepts being NOT PRESENT. This might get used or abused. I want to make the case that it is a chance…not just a door for manipulation.

“Combining Neuroscience, Philosophy and Linguistics, Herwig makes the case that our making sense of the world is based on storytelling – not on an objective, fully accessible reality. We create our world through the poetic formation of concepts already on the sensory level, and communicate and post-stabilize our experience through the use of metaphors, which we both live by and decide with. This has all kinds of interesting implications. We must re-evaluate the role of imagination and language, and reconsider the meaning of deception – self-deception, habits, social conventions, propaganda, mass manipulation – as “a necessary consequence in a world we make up out of fragmented and incomplete stimuli”. Description of the talk I gave at the ALIBISFORINTERACTION conference held on 22-23 October 2015 in Landskrona, southern Sweden.