Our Experience of the World

We experience the world through different senses, such as our sense of hearing, our sense of smell, and our sense of vision. But we do not experience different sensory worlds in isolation from each other. We don’t experience one world of vision, another of sound, and another of smell, for example. Instead, information from all of our senses is blended together into one experience of the whole world. If we hear a loud and unexpected noise off to the right, we will likely turn and look to see what caused the event. From our many senses, we have one experience.

We call this experience our description of the world. This description is not a verbal one, but a multisensory one. It records what the world looks like, what it smells like, what events are occurring in our presence, and so on. The description is not static but is constantly being updated as time passes.