When you read a piece of text that is a process. We are always processing sensory data and formulating responses.
Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum (I think therefore I am) doesn't represent some diminished state, but the truth, we exist within sensory data.
(Not sure what non-sensory data looks like)
This defines the nature of the universe. Things that can be sensed (vs things that cannot be sensed).
It is that-it-can-be-sensed that makes it special. The smallest fraction of our universe exists simply so that we can sense it.
Not sense it's temperature or colour, ... not sense a property of it. Just sense it. We can sense it but are unable to say anything else about it except that we can sense it.