In many familiar objects everyone will recognize the human element. We conceive a given reality in this way or that, to suit our purpose, and the reality passively submits to the conception. You can take the number 27 as the cube of 3, or as the product of 3 and 9, or a 26 plus 1, or 100 minus 73, or in countless other ways, of which one will be just as true as another. You can take a chessboard as black squares on a white ground, or as white squares on a black ground, and neither conception is a false one.
Pg 110, Pragmatism – William James, ISBN 978-0-7607-4996-8