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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.

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Noah 3IBC 02/12-03 "In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." .Discuss and evaluate. My whole life I have been travelling over the world with either my family or hockey, and I have seen many places and people. I am still no more than an 18 year old boy, but I have learnt quite a deal about humans. One thing is that all desire the basic wishes, as having a family, a house, food on the table and happiness in general. This way all people are the same, but at the same time all are different. Humans are different only indirectly because of what society or religion they have grown up with, but because of the way they perceive the world. There are as many worlds as there are human beings. The role of perception for humans has fascinated me and I want to increase my understanding of it, this is why I have chosen to write this essay. I want to talk about perception, how it works, its role for humans, and what its limitations are. ...read more.


If we were able to understand our filters, then I believe many crises in history would not have occurred. The filters of perception can be divided into three different groups; one is based on the Physiological aspects, one on Cultural aspects, and one on Social aspects. In the physiological group of filters we find factors such as age, gender, race, health, fatigue, and biological cycles. For example : ---- It includes also personal things such as, previous experiences and learning, attitudes and interests, needs and feelings, and the current situation that the person is in. The Cultural filters are language, customs, belief systems, historical perspective, and religion. For example if a person believes in reincarnation, it is reality for him. Due to his beliefs, his filters will make him perceive things differently than someone who does not believe. Hence this person will have a totally different perception of life and a way of living, than someone who does not believe. The believer will see the death of his mother as good thing, because she will know get a new chance on life. ...read more.


If you are not aware of your filters there is no way you can find out how things really are. Your filters alter your perception of the real world. There is however an opportunity to improve your perception of things, an opportunity to understand things clearer and in a way overlook the influence of all your filters. You can increase your understanding of the perception process and how you make sense of all the input. You can increase your observational accuracy by still looking at the big picture, but also try to notice smaller details, by for example paying attention to eye contact, gestures and facial expressions. You should question your interpretation of things and not just take them in. You can share your perception with others, but always be receptive to their perception. You should focus on the thoughts of others, and know the circumstances that affect them. It is a valid claim because if one could see through all the barriers, and the filters were removed, one would find out how things really are, one would see all aspects of new information and could re-examine and re-interpret everything in a way that was not influenced by filters. ...read more.

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