#008 | What If… Your Perceptions Shape Your World?

In the latest episode of “The Paradox of Life,” hosts Monique and Colin explore the complex theme of perception—how we see, feel, taste, smell, and touch the world around us, and how this experience is profoundly different for each individual.

This deep dive into perception underscores the uniqueness of human experience, making a compelling case for the richness that diversity brings to our collective understanding of reality.


  1. Understanding Perception: The hosts delve into the intricacies of perception and its impact on our understanding of the world. They discuss how each person’s “biological spacesuit” interprets sensory information differently, leading to a unique experience of reality.

  2. The Personal Journey of Monique: Monique shares her personal story, revealing her self-diagnosis as a high-functioning autistic individual. Her narrative offers insights into the challenges and discoveries she faced, particularly how her perception has evolved over time.

  3. The Science of Perception: The discussion touches on the scientific aspects of perception, including how neurological differences, such as those found in people with autism, can enhance or alter sensory experiences.

  4. Coping Mechanisms and Adaptations: Both hosts share their strategies for managing sensory overload and navigating a world that is not always accommodating of neurodiversity.



  1. “We all find ourselves inside of this biological spacesuit, feeling things, tasting things, seeing things.”
  2. “My perception as a child was that I was very energetic… looking back now, clearly I was autistic.”
  3. “Imagine walking through New York, unable to not recognize and be aware, simultaneously, of all the freaking things going on around you.”


  • Tarot card deck: ‘The Tarot of Curious Creatures’ (by Chris-Anne)
  • Shaman Dureck: His metaphor of the “biological spacesuit” is used to illustrate the concept of human bodies as vessels for experiencing the world.
  • Autism Awareness: The conversation brings attention to the need for greater understanding and accommodation of autistic individuals in society.


This episode of “The Paradox of Life” serves as a profound exploration of perception, inviting listeners to reflect on their own sensory experiences and how they interpret the world around them. Monique’s personal journey and the scientific discussion on perception highlight the incredible diversity of human experience.

The conversation encourages empathy, understanding, and a deeper appreciation for the unique ways in which we all perceive our surroundings. In recognizing these differences, we can foster a more inclusive and understanding world.

Listeners are left with a challenge: to question their own perceptions and consider how opening up to the experiences of others can enrich their own understanding of the world. This episode is a testament to the power of curiosity and the importance of embracing our differences to collectively uncover the deeper truths of our existence.

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