Consider this...

"Whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin. I am proud of my humanity when I can acknowledge the poets and artists of other countries as my own. Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine." - Rabindranath Tagore

This is a page of links to articles written in an attempt to explain how the natural world differs from our perception of it and why/how that is so. The articles, in logical order, are the following:

Reality and perception (1) — space, particles, cats and natural selection

Reality and perception (2) — perception = the five senses

Reality and perception (3) — space, particles and pizza

Where is perception? (Part 1)

Where is perception (Part 2)