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Leonardo da Vinci Quote on Perceptions

by Kalinda Rose Stevenson

Origins of Knowledge

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

Leonard da Vinci
Leonard da Vinci was an enormously talented Renaissance genius, painter of such famed works as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.
Leonardo da Vinci Quote on Perceptions


The words — "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions" — are the leading quotation in "Chapter 9: How One Word Can Change Your Identity," in Your True Self Identity: How Familiar Translations of Bible Verses in the Gospel of Matthew Hide Your True Identity from You.'

What Is Perception? 

Perception (from the Latin perceptio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.
All perception involves signals that go through the nervous system, which in turn result from physical or chemical stimulation of the sensory system. For example, vision involves light striking the retina of the eye, smell is mediated by odor molecules, and hearing involves pressure waves.
Perception is not only the passive receipt of these signals, but it's also shaped by the recipient's learning, memory, expectation, and attention. (Read more at Wikipedia).

Example of Perception in Everyday Life

Caroline Leon tells this compelling story about perception:
Everything is perception. In reality it’s all we have. We think that we are viewing life through a camera lens recording the actually events we see before us but everything we witness is filtered through our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences of life.
One of my favorite stories about perception and how easy it is to shift them was written by Steven Covey in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He wrote this:
"I remember a mini-paradigm shift I experienced one morning on a subway in New York. (Read the rest of the story here.)
[Original Post September 29, 2014]
Have you ever had an experience similar to what Stephen Covey describes in his story? Leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Does the Bible Really Say That? Series focuses on the impact of Bible translations on what people believe “the Bible says” on any topic.

Your True Self Identity: How Familiar Translations of Bible Verses in the Gospel of Matthew Hide Your True Identity from you considers the idea of your true self-identity. Do you know your true self-identity? Are you happy being who you are? If you are not happy, what if the real cause of your unhappiness is that you don’t really know your true identity? One powerful reason is the effect of misleading translations of the Christian Bible.

One glaring example of the effect of Bible translations on identity is Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Matthew. Careful analysis of familiar translation choices in English language bibles demonstrates how sin doctrine creates false identities by turning the innocent into sinners.

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