Don't be deceived

On a peaceful hillside sheep were grazing near me. As I watched, I saw one sheep with quite a number of legs—certainly more than four! For a few seconds I looked at it curiously. Then the sheep moved, and I saw that it had been hiding from my view another sheep. I hadn't really been fooled, because I knew sheep have only four legs, but it certainly seemed otherwise.

What the material senses report is often deceptive even by human standards. Physical sight suggests that aircraft get smaller as they fly away in the distance; and I've seen pink seagulls in the sunrise glow! Because we know what is true, we don't accept such fallacies. We correct what we see by what we know.

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