• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level ICT in Business section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level ICT in Business essays

  1. McDonalds and Hindu Culture.

    Based on an annual salary of $250, this is roughly 10 percent of the family income. Action that should be taken The ethical dilemma may really be about McDonald's opinion on what it constitutes as a wholesome food substitute. Regardless of what the company thinks, they must invest time and

  2. What Do You Understand By The Term 'Intelligence' & What Are Its Major Elements? ...

    The use of different types of collection systems contributes to redundancy. It also allows the collection of different types of information that can be used to confirm or disprove potential assessments. Collection operations depend on secure, rapid, redundant, and reliable communications to allow for data exchange and to provide opportunities for cross-cueing of assets and tip-off exchanges between assets.

  1. Increase Reality

    For this reason, the issue of information management is also important (Barfield & Caudell, 2001). In this regard, wearable computers and augmented reality systems along with software acting as an intelligent agent can act as a filter between the user and the information.

  2. Compare and discuss contrast between Staples.com & Boo.com

    Metrics aren't the only encouraging signs. The Staples site also recently won a prestigious award for best business-to-business site from MIMC, the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council (www.boston.internet.com/news/article.php/494001). D. What could Staples.com have done differently that might made it a failure?

  1. "In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters ...

    These numbers were changed in order to create propaganda. This information is subjective, because it has no material evidence. As the natural sciences and mathematics are objective Knowledge - the information they provide does not depend on the filters it goes through.

  2. We Have Eyes To See With,Ears to Hear With.

    Although I saw the different attitudes to the crises, and heard different points of view, there was still a problem in finding the truth. In our perception of different matters, we error because our senses tell us different things. Another source of knowledge is from memory and experiencing different events

  1. Gossip: Mere words or made up reality?

    By this I mean that judging by the Boyfriend (in group A), it wouldn't take much information from a person who he doesn't know or has never met to convince him that his girlfriend could be cheating, he is therefore relying on his best friends unknown source to tell him

  2. "In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters ...

    According to the article called In the Mind's Eye written by K.C. Cole, scientists are now able to detect detailed particles by using complex computers and they make guesses, inferences, and assumptions about things, concluding with different theories or presumptions on things that are sometimes inexplicable.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work