Core Doctrine #3: “Whitehead’s nonsensationist doctrine of perception [holds that] sensory perception is a secondary mode of perception, being derivative from a more fundamental, nonsensory ‘prehension’.” “Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism” (p. 5)
Unlike the sensationist doctrine of perception (which holds that perception is based only on raw sense data such as light waves and sound waves) , Whitehead’s more robust and true-to-our-experience doctrine allows for:
—Direct perception of religious experience;
—Direct perception of moral norms;
—Direct perception of causality;
—Direct perception of the past;
—Direct perception of the external world.