perspective and judgment - changing our path

René Magritte painting shows an image of a pipe. Below it, Magritte painted, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", French for "This is not a pipe". 

"How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture "This is a pipe", I'd have been lying!"  René Magritte

How often, when we obseve something, do we assume we are right in what we see and assume.  It is a pipe, but is it not as it is a picture of a pipe.  In our path to experiance it becomes harder to hold paradox's of thinking. 

What data led story have we heard today where we beleive it is the story, but infact it is just a representation of the story.  

Indeed can data ever be more than a representation?