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Perception

Our senses trick us.

Between our senses and the interpretation our brains make, there is a whole battery of obstacles.

Our mood.

Our willingness to pay attention.

Our desire to understand.

Our capacity for denial.

In short, we are the obstacles. So it is not our senses that trick us, but the other way round. And that’s a lot of work we are doing to make that happen.

Storytellers must be deeply aware of that, as they have to make sure their message is even clearer. Every missing word or image will leave too much interpretation. Every unnecessary one will add confusion and diminish focus.

Here is a nice drawing from incidentalcomics that illustrates very well what gymnastic our minds are capable of.