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Theory of Knowledge Journals - Perception Unit

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Theory of Knowledge Journals Table of Contents DATE JOURNAL ENTRY * September 7th, 2007 * "I know" entry * September 21st, 2007 * Perception entry * October 10th, 2007 * October 26th, 2007 * The sense of smell entry * The Matrix entry "I Know" Journal Friday September 7th, 2007 Magdalena Nowakowska Today on Friday September 7th, my friend Radhika informed me about the fact that she knows that a student dropped out of our Physics class. The reason that she knows this is because of her personal experience or empirical knowledge. Radhika independently saw the student leave the class. The physics teacher, Mrs. Drekic, also informed her that a student was leaving the class. Thus, she also gained the knowledge by authority. Recently, my mother told me that she knows it has been nearly six years since the September 11th terrorist attack on New York City in 2001. There are several reasons as to why my mother knows the written above statement. One is because she lived through this event; thus, she knows it because of personal experience. Another reason why my mother knows for a fact that the September 11th terrorist attack was six years ago is because of authority. The television network CNN [Cable Network News] has declared several times on the news program that the terrorist attack was six years ago. ...read more.


Therefore, their perception may be faulty, or possibly even as a bias. The Sense of Smell Friday September 21st, 2007 Magdalena Nowakowska The human sense of smell refers to olfaction, which is greatly related to another one of the human senses; taste. Smell is something that is too small to see with the naked eye, among different situations and specific cases, of course. What we as humans smell are really odor particles, which millions of them exist. With the sense of smell, past experience and memory is a key factor. One may be able to physically experience smelling a certain odor. However, at the same time, one may not be able to name this odor because lack of personal and past experiences, as well as memory. Olfaction and taste together are the reason why we can taste different flavors of food. The human tongue can only distinguish a minimum number of certain distinct qualities of taste. However, the average human nose can clearly distinguish among hundreds of different substances and smells. Olfaction greatly heightens the sense of taste. This was clearly proven in Ms. Easton's Theory of Knowledge class during a small experiment. Students were not able to distinguish between different flavors of candies with their noses plugged; therefore, proving the fact that smell amplifies the human sense of taste. ...read more.


When observing the film, I am let in on the truth about the situation. I can see for myself, that in reality, human beings are being both deceived and enslaved. Throughout "The Matrix", individuals are being constantly deceived into believing things about reality that are not true. The act of deceiving often offends many different people. The reason for that is because many people believe that they want to and have the right to know 'the truth' about everything. I believe that keeping others in the dark about some sort of truth is to diminish the respect and authority towards those people. In life, there are a few people who decide which 'truths' other human beings can manage and grasp. In "The Matrix" humans were tricked into this situation of being let in on only some truths in reality. Essentially, "The Matrix" poses questions to the viewer of this film. Doubt is cast on thoughts such as Does reality really exist? And what really is reality. If we see a certain object, and we are confident of its existence, we have to believe and know that it truly exists. The reason for that is because even if it exists in the matrix or a dream, someone is dreaming it or, fundamentally, controlling it. Reality truly is what we make, or believe it to be; one's own creation or establishment. Therefore, the existence of the matrix is not impossible, however, the fact that it is possible, does not make it real. ...read more.

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