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"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters thorough which one perceives the world" - Discuss and evaluate this claim.

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"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters thorough which one perceives the world." Discuss and evaluate this claim. In order to analyze this quote we have to analyze different terms to understand what it is implicating. One thing that must be understood before discussing the quote is to define the concept of reality. Reality that which possesses the quality of being real, and real is according to the The American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language "something existing objectively in the world regardless of subjectivity or conventions of thought or language". In other words reality is not the one you perceive it is the one which can't be perceived. To understand this we have to comprehend the concept of perception. Perception is the way your brain conceives the information from the outside world in order to create a reality which is suitable for you. In other words it is the way you "see" the world. What has to be understood is that our brain has no real contact with the real world, it is our senses which send nerve impulses into our brain that help it create our "reality" in our heads. It can be said that perception is that which blinds us from the real world since it makes each individual perceive the world in different but mostly similar ways. ...read more.


Just because you are not able to see, smell, taste, hear, or touch something does not mean that thing is not real; humans have biological limitations that in some way blinds them from the truth. Our brain can only handle so much information at a time so most of the time many things that we hear, see, touch or smell are not processed by our conscious brain since they are not considered as important. This case is seen everyday in school when you drift of in class and focus on something else and not on the lesson. Your ear is still receiving the sound from the teachers voice and the nerve impulse is sent to the brain, but your brain does not process it completely since it is focused on another thing. Your knowledge or past experience also serve as a kind of filter that impedes us from seeing the real world. The term of knowledge not only includes the information you learn from school and books but also the information or the conditioning the culture and society provide you. Past experience may filter out information because it can often condition you to expect things based on prior knowledge; and unfortunately most of the time we see what we except rather than to what really happens. ...read more.


For example a person who just lost a member of his family and is grieving might go watch a comedy and might think it is not good. A year later he watches the same movie on T.V. and he might think it is the funniest movie ever. This is because the first time he was sad because of the lost of his relative and this acted as a filter of the reality. There are many other examples dealing with emotional filters but most of them alike. In the same field, the psychological filters are more complex. The are the filters that deal most with your personality and the way you look at things. Some people might say that your personality has to do with the background you have grown in and others might disagree so that's why it is in a different category. An example of this psychological filter might be that for a teenager heavy metal is the best kind of music and that it is very entertaining, but for his grandfather the same kind of music he thinks of it as horrible and satanic. There is no right answer for this problem because nobody can decide what is real and what is false since everyone's opinion is going to be biased. Another example of this has to deal with close-minded and open-minded people which see the world in a very different way. ...read more.

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