You're not perceiving what's out there. You're perceiving whatever your brain tells you.
Incognito: the Secret Lives of the Brain, David Eagleman. p. 33. This is a fascinating little about about neurology and the subconscious.
They say that Antarctica is the worst place on earth, but I believe that distinction belongs to Las Vegas, hands down. For one thing, Antarctica is more pleasing to look at.
The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, James Howard Kunstler. p.142