As written by Daniel Gilbert in his study guide to the best-seller “Stumbling on Happiness”:
“Reality” is a movie generated by our brains. Because we don’t realize this, we are far too confident that the stuff appearing in the movie is actually “out there” in the world when, in fact, it’s not. When we imagine the future, we are similary overconfident that it will unfold as we imagine it.
The psychologist Jim Enns explains how our brains produce The Movie That Doesn’t Seem Like A Movie. The fact that reality is a movie has important consequences for our personal and social lives, some of which are explored by the psychologists Edward Royzman, Kimberly Cassidy, and Jonathan Baron, and also by the psychologists Less Ross and Andy Ward.
More information can be found in:
J. T. Enns, “What Vision Is Not,” in The Thinking Eye, the Seeing Brain (New York: Norton, 2004), 4-13.
E. B. Royzman, K.W. Cassidy, and J. Baron, “I Know, You Know: Epistemic Egocentrism in Children and Adults,” Review of General Psychology, 7, 38-65 (2003).
L. Ross and A.Ward, “Naive Realism in Everyday Life: Implications for Social Conflict and Misunderstanding,” in Values and knowledge: The Jean Piaget series ed. E. S. Reed, E. Turiel, and T. Brown (Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1996), 103-135.