Our human interface with reality

“The things we see are the same things that are within us. There is no reality except the one contained within us.”
― Hermann Hesse

Our past experience predisposes us to explain the present

When we sense something which is completely new to us, our mind tries to fit the sensations with something that we are already familiar with. 

This paper provides evidence that our ability to recognise things is dependant on our personal history which is cultural:

Cultural Differences in Perceptual Reorganization in US and Pirahã Adults

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