You have some interesting comments about reality and consciousness at the link you provided.
My take is that evolution has provided us with the sensory apparatus and brains best suited to surviving, as humans, in a world "red in tooth and claw". Our perceptions had to be accurate enough to avoid danger and stay alive long enough to procreate.
Although it would obviously be beneficial to be God-like in our perceptions and be able to see at microscopic and telescopic scales and in all wavelengths -- those abilities aren't necessary to live here in middle Earth.
What is the "true" nature of reality? I'm not sure how much that matters. To me, the main point is that our perception of reality is accurate enough to allow investigation and discovery and lives full of awesome wonder.
Thanks for commenting back about Atheism Advanced. I'm in the middle of chapter 4 and am reading it fairly slowly. So yeah, it would be great to dialogue with you about it. There's a lot of rich content in the book.
I read your comments about JW and Blood transfusions on my post a few days ago. Your point is taken, I'm just trying to wrap my head around it and learn. I don't know that I really could understand it because I was 5 or so when I rejected Christianity. It came before rejecting Santa.
So I have questions if you don't mind. Leviticus 17:14 says don't eat blood. Thinking back to your family and upbringing, is there never a point where you say to yourself that I'm not "eating" blood, it goes in through a vein? Is the social influence so powerful that the question doesn't develop? For me I would reject it out of hand based on the eating definition even as a kid. I think that it comes from a family open to conversation and thought. Leads to interesting nature vs nurture questions about how I (or others) would develop in different households..
I hope that the fam is accepting of you. From JW friends I know how that separation can be painful. Thanks for prompting me to think about it more.