Reality : Invisibilia What happens when we can't agree on reality? This week, Invisibilia sets out to find how it is possible for two people to look at the same thing, but see two different realities.

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Reality

What happens when we can't agree on reality? This week, Invisibilia sets out to find how it is possible for two people to look at the same thing, but see two different realities.

How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now. We explore it by visiting a small community in Minnesota, called Eagle's Nest Township, that has a unique experience with the reality divide: some of the people in the town believe that wild black bears are gentle animals you can feed with your hands, and others think they are dangerous killers. This divide leads to conflict and, ultimately, a tragic death. So, is there a "real" truth about the bear, or is each side constructing its own reality? In part two we look at attempts to escape these self-made constructs. We follow one man's epic experiment to break out of his reality bubble. And one woman's epic-in-its-own-way experiment to break out of her species bubble!

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