The Hub of Being – Perception

Perception

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. ~ English poet William Blake

Perception is the mental process of integrating sensory intake using memory. Sensation and perception are processes of discerning abstractions which highlight certain data as important while disregarding most input. Repeated perceptions create sequential composite representations, rendering time as a flow; whence the internal record of our life is fabricated.

The world presents itself to consciousness only after being mediated by mental structures and processes. ~ Irish psychologist Sean Nuallain

Perception is our only portal to the world. As the mind is the vehicle of perception, we naïvely trust it to yield accurate facts. Instead, the mind incessantly fabricates as it sees fit.

Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. ~ Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

In finding meaning and attaching emotion to perception, mentation puts manifestation at a further remove from sensation. Because phenomena are products of perception, our meaningful experiences are entirely symbolic.

Psychologically, we are very subjective beings, always looking for a meaning to our existence. We often compile fragmented data from our senses to construct an artificial whole, sometimes initiating very strange decisions and actions. We are excellent at adapting reality to our personal maps, remembering selectively and putting new facts into old moulds. Facts are generally interpreted to our own advantage. What is unknown frightens us and we attempt to neutralize it by creating myths, rituals and traditions. ~ Swedish systems analyst Lars Skyttner

Phenomena

Why are we here? Because we’re not all there. ~ Brian Lane in the BBC television series New Tricks (2008)

Existence comprises infinite coherent energy, fluctuating in the viscous medium of spacetime. Whereas energy crafts existence, it is the implicit information within the coherent patterns of energy that hallmarks Nature.

Nature is partitioned into universes in an eternal timescape. Whereas independence among universes may be supposed, it runs counter to the entanglement that characterizes our own cosmos. Instead, existence is likely intertwined as a multiverse through dimensions unseen.

The world consists only of our sensations. ~ Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach

We tend to take the factuality of our own experiences at face value, tucking in the unexamined assumption that existence and reality are synonymous. This unwarranted axiom is based upon perception, which is intrinsic to the manifestation and phenomena.

A phenomenon is an experienced event. Manifestation is something that constitutes a perceptible expression. To be manifest (the adjective) is to be capable of being perceived, recognized, and understood. We naturally take existence to be comprehensible.

We have no choice in how the news of the world comes to us. The senses are the only home-delivery service available, and the mind the only packager of the finished product: perception. We commonly ask others about the world about us, and our surety is fortified by confirmation. Seldom do we think that consensus may simply be the blind leading the blind (groupthink), as the very thought is too disconcerting to contemplate. Practically, as with sensory home delivery, manifestation is the only show in town.

Certainly, one should know better than to trust blithely what the mind presents, even when it seems to come from the outside world. But naïve realism is the norm, to the extent that the ontological arguments like those of Anselm became regular philosophic fare. Such arguments were made by René Descartes, Gottfried Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, Kurt Gödel, and many others.