Barfield distinguishes between inferred nature
and familiar nature. Inferred nature
cannot be perceived without the aid of instruments (if it is ever perceived
at all). Only this nature, modern science assumes, is truly independent
of human senses and thinking (see WA 52-53).
Inferred nature is "the base we arrive at by
thinking really hard about familiar nature with the help of experiments,
that is by science" (WA 86).
Barfield sometimes refers to inferred nature
as "the particles" or "the
|See in particular
Worlds Apart, passim.