When we hear a church bell ring and look at the steeple, we feel a very real consciousness of its being there—across the street. Yet the mental picture we have is really almost pure imagination: The vibration of our eardrums inside our head is interpreted, not as something happening inside our head, but rather as a sound across the street. The upside-down image on our retina, also inside our head, is turned into a vision of a church across the street. Clearly, these sensations are imaginative, mental constructions rather than a simple factual awareness of what is happening to our sensory organs.
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