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"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through 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 through which one perceives the world." Discuss and evaluate this claim. Have you ever considered the Knowledge you receive? What are its origin, destination and purpose? The previously stated claim illustrates, that if you want to know the real picture of the situation, you have to consider the filters, through which passes the Knowledge you receive. It means that deep understanding of the situation, drawing an appropriate conclusion and adhering your own opinion is closely tied to thorough analysis of origin, destination and purpose of the Knowledge you receive. However, this statement does not approach in particular cases. There are two types of Knowledge - first type would be natural sciences and mathematics, and the second type - all the other (for example, history, human sciences, ethics). Natural sciences and mathematics are to be called objective Knowledge, because all the information they provide is derived with the help of measuring equipment or sequence of necessary experiments. For example, measuring equipment cannot detect extraordinary abilities of a person, but it can detect the magnetic field between his palms (it even can be measured). Thus the presence of magnetic field radiated by palms at the moment of treating the patient is an objective assertion (it has determinate material evidence), and the presence of extraordinary abilities is subjective assertion (it has no material evidence and is based only on people's beliefs). ...read more.

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A person, who is a gossip, is definitely not attempting to deceive or mislead somebody. For instance, if your neighbour told you about the new affair of Nicole Kidman, it would be treated as a gossip, because there is no material evidence of it. Gossip, often unconsciously, creates the negative image of the "object of gossip" - this is what you ought to be aware of. This kind of getting Knowledge is maybe one of the worst - because the information you receive is totally unreliable and mostly erroneous. And the last quite essential aspect in terms of external filters is other people's opinion. In other words, it is other people's internal filters. When the people who are surrounding you receive information, they modify it according to their internal filters and only then pass it to you. In particular, when a historian writes a book, he involves lots of emotions and personal opinion, personal points of view - the book never consists only of pure facts, because they by themselves tell nothing. Consequently, it depends on the internal filters of that historian what kind of information we are eventually going to receive. This means that, when reading such book, you have to analyze carefully many aspects on which does the emotional content of that book depend. ...read more.

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Only this way, considering and comparing the information from different sources you are able to draw a nearly objective conclusion. Speaking about internal filters, you have to compare the information you are provided with the conclusion you have drawn. If the information provided and conclusion drawn are consequent, then your internal filters did not modify provided information radically, and actually this is the right case. Otherwise, your internal filters' effect on your decision and conclusion was huge and they are no more objective. As can be seen filters are of two kinds and they are really important to consider if you want your conclusion to be objective. Filters cannot be avoided - every of us does live in society, which has external filters and eventually every of us does have his own internal filters and no one can escape having them. From my point of view, very few of us analyze the information like it ought to be done, consequently we get erroneous impression, draw inappropriate conclusion or make an incorrect decision. It leads to various misunderstandings. So, as it was said earlier, deep understanding of the situation, drawing an appropriate conclusion and adhering your own opinion is closely tied to thorough analysis of origin, destination and purpose of the Knowledge you receive, having in mind all the filters, according to which the Knowledge is modified. 1 ...read more.

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