What, I wonder, is not perception? Isn’t everything merely perception of what the brain takes in through the senses and then interprets in order to make a story that makes sense to us?
The fact that we see a coherent picture, is akin to miraculous, considering that images do not hit our brain at exactly the same time and that sights, sounds, smells are processed by different neural parts and at different times. Yet all are coordinated in order for us to perceive a coherent picture of what is happening.
Yet it is all perception. Colours differ as a result of different wavelength intervals and frequency intervals. The physics is not important (at least not for this post), but the point is that colour is a result of how we perceive the type of lightwave that our eyes pick up.
So does it make sense to talk about what is “real”? What is it that we see that is not “real”? What is the “real colour” of the sky? What is the “real colour” of red? And how do we know how anybody else sees the colour that we call red? In what way is a mirage not real – the fact that it disappears when we approach?
If our perception is of what is not real, what is “real”? Not the colour, but the light wave? Not sound, but the wave before it hits our ear? The mirage when we don’t see it?
If all is perception, then are we living in an unreal world? If so, should that worry us?
No, I don’t think so. If all we have is perception, then that is our reality, our normality. It seems to work, since we all get around and see more or less the same things in the same way.
We can console ourselves. We call insane those who see the real world.
“Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination”-Gerald Edelman, biologist.