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How to understand the reality and truth around us through our ways of knowing.

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The given question asks how to understand the reality and truth around us through our ways of knowing. It is possible for numerous persons to view the same problem at a different position with a different reality as illustrated by Amitav Ghosh's quote: "(when) The rubber tree won't yield latex: the biologist blames the sapling, the geologist blames the soil, the contractor blames the unskilled laborer and the owner says its fighting back at being controlled." Thus we see that one's position in a certain matter can filter his/her reality because of different reasoning. One's Ethical standpoint also plays a role in his/her view of reality as well. An extremist Muslim can see Ben Laden as a savior, not a terrorist, whereby an American would see him as a terrorist and not a savior. Experience is another "filter" that can affect our knowledge of reality. Children (which generally have less experience) view the world and life in a different way than an adult does. Language is used for communication and thus is a way of knowing- although different sources can be less reliable than other; language is a filters that can either help or harm our perception of reality, as other filters discussed before can as well. The main way by which our minds communicate with the external world is through our five senses; but even these can prove to be treacherous. ...read more.

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Words can be more powerful and treacherous than we think. If some lies are spread during the time the historical event is taking place, it can be thought of as true and spread in all the documents that are found- thus hiding truth for good. But in a dialogue one can still filter out lies from truth. Some people give out uncontrollable signals when they lie, such as quicker blinking or a stutter amongst other signals. These can serve as lie detectors. To enhance our senses lie detectors have been made which measure these uncontrollable signals, such as increased sweating and pulse rate. Though these work on most; there are some people such as actors who are trained to take up another identity as seemingly truthful as possible; in which case it is much more difficult to filter out the truth from the lies. It is not only lies that must be filtered out of the communication, but also misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can lead to ignorance, and confusion- thus we can see that being as clear as possible in communication is crucially important. Clarity can filter out confusion and misunderstandings. Some areas of knowledge show truth through subjectivity; which shows that there is more than one truth available. This is the case with art. In art there can be more than one meaning depending how much one wants to go in to analysis. ...read more.

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Some ethical points are agreed upon everywhere such as cold blooded murder being wrong. Thus we can see that ethical truth is hard to find using the appropriate way of knowing (filter) - reason. Everybody's mean of seeing truth is different to some extent. We all live in our own reality to some extent. If we all lived in the same reality, there wouldn't be much difference in opinion and the world would be quite dull. Some filters are innate such as the five senses and others are shaped with time to a certain extent like emotion, reason and language (communication). Each filter has its strength and weakness, and each one can be used in a positive clarifying way or a confusing obscure way as I have explained for instance with racism. Truth as we have seen can be either objective or subjective, as art is subjective and science is objective (at most times), subjectivity having more truths than objectivity. The question to ask now is does one reality truly exist? Or is it that everything outside the mind is not real? 1 Mr. Darko is a family friend participating in a think tank with a doctorate in geopolitics and strongly interested in politics- a good think tank member. 2 Poem by Robert Frost obtained from website: http://www.webbooks.com/Classics/Poetry/Anthology/Frost/Stopping.htm 3 4 One by Gina Miller, obtained from http://www.nanogirl.com/art/one.html: piece of art has been described as esthetic by the artist herself. ...read more.

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