Starting as early as the 1970s, some cognitive psychologists, philosophers, and linguists suggested that—instead of abstract symbols—meaning might really be something much more closely intertwined with our real experiences in the world, with the bodies that we have.
If meaning is based on our experiences in our particular bodies in the
particular situations we’ve dragged them through, then meaning could be
quite personal. This in turn would make it variable across people and
embodied simulation hypothesis discussed in scientificamerican.com article
We use our brains to simulate percepts and actions without actually perceiving or acting.