Reality is an optical illusion

Walking to school in the snow this morning with my daughter, she noticed a strange phenomenon when she stopped walking and continued to stare at a garden blanketed by pristine snow. She exclaimed the snow seemed to be ‘going backwards’.

“It must be an optical illusion.” she guessed.

“Yes,” I replied, “reality is an optical illusion.”

Now, that idea seemed to pop out of my mouth without any brain activity preceding it and I had to work backwards, as it were, to figure out what it could mean.

“What do you mean daddy?”

“Well… did you know that insects see flowers in a different way to us? Depending on what design of eye you have, the world looks different to different species. Do you know what that means?”


“It means we can never be sure what ‘reality’ actually looks like. What we think of as being reality is, in fact, a simplified version of something far more complex – it is therefore, always an optical illusion.”

“Whoa! Look at those icicles daddy!”

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