Familiar Nature
The opposite of inferred nature. Barfield used the term to mean external nature as perceived by the ordinary person: "The stars, clouds, trees, houses, animals, and so forth that we see around us" (WA 53).

According to modern science, however, this nature is mind-dependent, its "reality" created and sustained by human thinking and perceiving. It is thus a collective representation.

Barfield sometimes refers to familiar nature as the "specious given."

See in particular Worlds Apart, passim.