Are we directly aware of reality, or is what we "sense" merely a representation of reality?

Perception is not ingestion (fortunately). So when you see a table, you do that by means of a representation that is in you and of the external table.

This is a perennial and extremely vexing question about which there continues to be great debate. You might find this essay in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to be of value.

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