Fundamental insight #1 reality is a story, told to us by our brains. Our experiences do not reflect reality itself, but rather a construction, or representation of reality. This construction process involves a lot of guesswork filling in the gaps . We only have access to a limited subset of reality. The limitations of our sensory-perceptual system are due to: the sensitivity of our sensory mechanisms our attentional capacity. Perception is a process of creative story- telling and inference making. We have to fill in a lot of gaps. But this means that we are not directly interacting with reality, but rather, we are creating a fiction about reality, and we hope it"s a pretty close match. Perception can be thought of as a process of pattern- Matching (note: this isn"t correct", but it"s a useful starting point) We don"t live in the real world, but in a constructed world.