Excerpt — Autopoiesis and Cognition

… perception should not be viewed as a grasping of an external reality, but rather as the specification of one, because no distinction [is] possible between perception and hallucination in the operation of the nervous system as a closed network. — Maturana, Humberto R. and Varela, Francisco J. Autopoieses and Cognition: The Realization of the Living.

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