Swarms of locusts in Madagascar, or clouds of elementary particles, without sound, odor, flavor or color? Reality is harder to pin down than you first might think. Bilal Tarabey/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bilal Tarabey/AFP/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Science Sees Its Own Reality In Life's Hall Of Mirrors November 22, 2013 What is a brain but a cloud of elementary particles? If that's the case, then isn't the world a just figment, an image or a confabulation? Commentator Alva Noë asks if our world, the world described by science, is any more real than the stories in the Bible.