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How Things Really Are

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Sriharsha Kota Mr. Hurdle IB Theory of Knowledge 4 March 2007 How Things Really Are "In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." Men observe the world around them through the ways of knowing: emotion, reason, language and perception. It is through these means that men study the areas of knowledge. In the world in which we live, our fundamental beliefs and where we grow up create filters through which we will experience in our lives. Filters are the mediums through which an object passes through and is then sorted out. In this case, that which passes through our "filters" would be the perceptions of our world. To successfully analyze this quote, the language within the claim must be examined. The structure of language in this claim will strongly influence how it is comprehended by the reader. One major item that must be discussed is the concept of reality. Reality, according to The Random House Unabridged Dictionary, is "that which exists independently from all other things and from all other things that are derived." The way that I interpret this is that reality is what you do not and cannot distinguish, as opposed to what you believe to be reality. ...read more.

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The society and culture into which a person is born has a strong influence in how he or she perceives the world around them. While people's filters may help them fit into a society, I really do not like the way that "filters" are used in the claim being examined. The filters imply that there is such a thing like pure insight of our world in terms or reality. To me, the "filters" are saying that there is a real world, alone from any plausible point of view on it. This raises some very important questions on how this claim can be evaluated. Is there such a thing as "how things really are"? Although perception is based off of reality, they are both conflicting forces. The topic states that in order to know the true nature of things, understanding what affects our outlook of those things is essential. Central to the topic is the claim that there is a supreme reality, an order of subsistence that is somehow specialized as "how things really are". In addition, there is a hesitation with the technicalities of perception, the process through which we come to apprehend this objective reality and the "filters", the various influences that affect our perception and interpretation of "how things really are". ...read more.

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I told her that I was from America, and this instantly changed the way that she looked at me and even talked to me differently. One of her questions that she asked was, "Do people in your country actually like your president?" I simply laughed and responded, "Some people do". Based on what people are taught while they grow up and their social experiences, various filters develop in their minds that help them fit in. Therefore, the filters of which someone sees the world are evaluated through their everyday experiences. To answer the previous question, I don't believe that there is anything that explains "how things really are." The closest that we can get to understanding such a concept is our perception of reality. This claim innately implies that there is such a thing as pure and complete insight, when in reality there is not. The major filters within the human mind are controlled by such things as culture and society, the thinker being unaware of such influences. The Ways of Knowing contribute to how we understand the Areas of Knowledge. And so, "in order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world." 1,244 words ?? ?? ?? ?? Kota 1 ...read more.

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