Perception is not reality -- reality is. That I choose to see here two crocodiles sunning themselves at the edge of a slimy pond does not make them real - not even to me. It simply is a convention, a kind of shorthand that makes it easier for me to deal with reality and to communicate with you about how I see the world. Such symbols save me the energy required if I were truly to behold what is. At times it may be convenient to reduce reality to symbols, but I always lose something in the process. I rob myself of wonder and true understanding, and ultimately this ideation prevents me from connecting with nature. Why must I make "sense" out of data, even when the result is non-sense?