LIONEL PODCAST: Perception Is Not Truth. There Is No Such Thing As Truth. It’s All An Illusion.

Let me use an analogy here, if I may. You’re undoubtedly familiar with the Moon Illusion. (N.B. An illusion versus an hallucination. Big difference, Cochise.)

It’s an optical illusion in which the Moon appears larger near the horizon than it does while higher in the sky. Same moon, same radius. So what gives? The illusion also occurs with the sun and star constellations. The cause and source of the illusion have been argued since Aristotle in the 4th Century BCE and are still being debated.

There are myriad hypotheses as to the Moon Illusion. One suggests that it is created by a conflict between the intuitive and rational parts of the brain. It’s depicted using an inverted Ponzo illusion as shown above. All four moons are the same size, yet on the left, the lower moon nearer to the horizon appears larger than the higher moon. [Source]

Why this moon babble? Simple, Evelyn. Everything that we observe and feel and believe, whether it’s faith-based, political, familial, anything and everything — all is based on perception. Perception implies that there are no absolutes, no certitudes. What you believe and think are based on perception. Plain and simple. And the good news is, if you don’t like the perception (or illusion) then change it.

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