According to the article by New Scientist, our brains manage the huge task of visual observation by extrapolating predicted visual inputs based on recent and relevant experience.
Predictable sights trigger less brain activity than unfamiliar stimuli, bolstering the view that the brain is not merely reactive, but generates predictions based on the recent past.
"The brain expects to see things and really just wants to confirm it now and again," says Lars Muckli at the University of Glasgow, UK.
The finding follows a series of scientific discoveries that challenge our current view of awareness. It challenges our understanding of reality, and throws a curve-ball to philosophers and scholars alike, neither of which have ever been able to come up with any satisfactory explanation for the rational mind or the origin of consciousness.
Recent research has provided us with inconclusive evidence that awareness is a highly lucid and mindful experience that depend more on our frame of mind than on actual experience.
According to the research there is about a 20/80 split between our expectation and the actual experience we perceive. All of which confirm something we have known for a while, that reality is a highly individual experience.
If we add to that the latest revelation that our sense of observation mostly confirm our own presumption you'll start to see why your view on reality and consciousness is in urgent need for a change.
Since the historical debate on the nature of reality that started way back in the Age of Enlightenment has failed to provide us with any solid argument we can believe, I suggest the time has come to wipe what we think we know from the table, change our perspective, and begin our view on life with the conscious perception of mindful awareness, the mutual intention of curious abandon and having a good time.
By starting with a clean slate, and founding our arguments on what we know rather than what we believe, chances are good we may end up looking at ourselves in a totally different way, enlightened by the reason incumbent to life, and enthralled by the beauty and wonder of living it.
Since all of this is rather sudden and unexpected, not to mention virgin territory to such as me, I'd like to invite you to share your own experience, and would love to hear your point of view on reality, reason, and living from shared and present sense perspective.