I think it's important to remember that the effects are as real, whether they are caused by objective external reality or by subjective probabilistic data. Tom says there is no brain in anyone's head until someone's skull is opened up and it is viewed. This is a massive challenge to how we see the world but it doesn't mean we should start acting as if we haven't got a brain. The effects of having a brain remain but the effects come from the generator of the virtual reality not from the brain itself.
the mechanics of something exist as a separate paradigm to the usage of the device
an airplane mechanic or engineer, will experience an airplane completely differently than a pilot.
the engineer may never have flown an airplane. The pilot may not know basic physics.
Ultimately though, flying the plane is the point, if your role is a flyer.
You do not want to be the guy who's plane sits on the tarmac because he is obsessed with reading the manual.
When on a ride at Disney, you need to get out of your mind the reality that there is a warren of tunnels, electronics and activity below the park, in order to be an effective Disney guest.
The actor on the stage, becomes and embraces the character.
The thought comes to mind...who arranged this trip and where do I post my thank you letter? ; - )