perception (goggles)

goggles map reality

We don’t experience reality directly.  We do it via our senses which are then interpreted by our brain. Our brain filters out things it thinks unimportant, and tries to fit it within what we already believe about the universe.  In effect the goggles distort our view of reality.  Depending on our openness this could be to a low or quite high degree.  We can try to be objective, but it’s hard to discount all our previous experiences.

For example, imagine someone who lived through the genocide in Rwanda (Africa) where many murders occured via machetes.  Thier perception about someone carrying a machete is going to be markedly different than someone who grew up in a peaceful Polynesian country where machetes are used to clear plants.

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