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"In order to find how things really are, one mustunderstand the filters through which one perceives the world."

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"In order to find how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." In order to fully understand this statement, it is necessary to comprehend the key terms and what is actually meant by them. It is clear that the statement consists of a problem and a solution. The problem is finding out how things really are, and the only solution is to understand the filters through which one perceives the world. Starting off, it is important to clarify the key terms. It is interesting to research on the term "really" in this context. "Real" is a term, which can is different for everybody. This is exactly what the statement says: Every person perceives the world differently because of their individual filters, and that is why reality is different for everyone. Concluding, it is practically impossible to understand how things really are, because they will always be different to others. One of the most vital filters to be considered would be the way we receive information through our senses, and through which we receive it. Since we have several senses that sense different things (light, sound, smell, surface), we receive different information from each to create a general image of reality. ...read more.

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Orientation). Our brain is what processes the information that is given through the senses and then combined with other filters; values, conclusions, expectation, etc. are made. Even if each sense on every human was equally efficient, the difference in values, beliefs, experiences, etc. is what makes the difference in perception. For example: two people see, hear, feel and smell exactly the same thing, but yet they both react entirely differently to it. One person may be very familiar with the "object", the other may have never seen, felt, heard, or smelled before. Relating to this, "sensing" new things is what makes a humans expiriences and lifetime. This is why it can be very easily observed how a human developes through his/her life, from the earliest age onwards. Theoretically, if humans did not age or forget, which is a malfunction or inefficiency in the human brain, a person would continuously collect and gather information, and then process it through filters in the brain for ever. Concerning filters language is probably the best example of this. All over the world, thousands of different languages are spoken. And since knowledge and perception is very much based upon identifications and descriptions of things, language is a key factor to perception. ...read more.

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Perception) actually work. "In order to find out how things really are one must understand the filters through which we perceive the world" is actually not entirely possible, it is partially possible because things may be "real" for one person, and the filters through which the person percieves the world can also be understood. However, it is very difficult to explain and describe the word "reality". There are two sides to debate about this. One is that reality exists no matter what, and people move around in it adapting to it and doing what is possible for them. The other is that reality is different for every single one of us, and everything revolves around us. It is certainly very relative, but the topic is very difficult to debate about. We must realise that everyone percieves the world differently because of the filters that the original information from senses is sent through to be processed further. If everybody had the same filters, then it might be possible to live in one "reality" and to understand eachother at all times. Since this is not the case, and filters are developed throughout ones life, it is impossible to find out how things "really" are, because things may be entirely different for somebody else. On the other hand, it is possible to understand each individuals perception of the world by understanding their filters. Theory of Knowledge - Mr. Greulich Vanja Ivancevic 11F 1 25/11/2002 ...read more.

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