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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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Introduction

"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. Patricia Do Rosario TOK - Mr. Martin December 9, 2003 "I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always." Katherine Anne Porter, 1989 Perception in human beings is "the process whereby sensory stimulation is translated into organized experiences". Perceiving something is to be aware of things that surround us by using our senses. Our senses include touching, hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting. People obtain many of their information on their daily lives by using their senses and the information that is gathered is processed by their brains. Our brains as we all know, "is a large part of the nervous system and a large electronic system that is capable of solving complex problems, storing data, examining and analyzing material, and controlling processes with great speed."

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Nonetheless, these interpretations and assumptions that we, along with our brain, make can be easily misleading because of our limitations to fully understand what the 'reality' is showing us. There are many ways in which our brain can be misled. Some of these ways are through our past experiences, our social and cultural conditioning, our spatial familiarity, our biological limitations, our existing learning structures, our dependence on language, and through our self perception. However, we can also be deluded and deceived through how we filter the information that we receive. It is very common amongst us humans to regard our perceptions as what we call 'windows' into the world because this allows us to sense the world as it really is. On the other hand, it would be better if we regard the human perceptions as 'filters' that block out the majority of the reality in that is given to us, letting and allowing us to only see a small amount of information that is needed or required to be seen. As we all know, our senses can help us gather a lot of useful information.

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A person will change their reality simply by perceiving things differently. In conclusion, each individual in this universe perceives things differently because everyone has different capabilities in their senses on how they can interpret things using their senses. In order to understand and find out how things really are in this world, we have to be able to differentiate with our minds what is right from what is wrong, meaning what is real and what is deceiving. We must recognize what information we are gathering and how we interpret them within our minds, whether we want to reduce the amount of information that is given to us or whether we want to overcrowd our brain with unnecessary information. Our senses can clearly deceive and trick us (optical illusions or hallucinations), but when a person is experienced and know how to differentiate reality and fantasy, then they are considered to be open minded and will know how things really are in our universe and how we perceive things. "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru' chinks of his cavern.

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