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The mind, neuroscientists say, operates in a very small subset of the world that its eyes are able to see. This subset forms a restrictive cognitive environment that makes it extremely difficult for the mind to understand the wider world; in other words, a set of biases that makes the mind myopic. This subset is called the Umwelt.
Professor Randy David once wrote that those who live in an Umwelt are, in a way, color-blind– and usually unaware of it.