“Deceptions of the senses are the truths of perception,” said Jan Perkinje, the celebrated 19th century physiologist whose work inspired Goethe to study optics. Perkinje was speaking for the Romantics, but the findings of contemporary cognitive scientists could be articulated in much the same way. We know that responses to one’s environment are mediated by many factors, including biology, culture/language, and the brain. Today, we’ll focus on all the ways perception can be misleading, limiting, frustrating -- and occasionally, revelatory. What can you see that no one else can see, because of your own unique experience? What, on the other hand, are you missing?