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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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Kate Kaliski-Wiseman 12JAZ ?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. Perception is unique and different for every living being. If every living being has a distinct view on reality, how can we know which unique view is the correct way of knowing? Perception has its limitations, and if we can understand these limitations, we may be able to separate the real from the unreal. In this essay, I will discuss and evaluate the way different people with different views towards the world perceive it. As human beings, we are not born perfect. Our senses which perceive the world are limited to a certain extent, therefore creating a bias. Other factors may contribute and filter our perception of the world, as individuals. These other factors include emotion, logic and possibly even certain aspects of perception itself. Some of the areas of knowledge in which our perception is limited may be through the subjects like Natural Sciences, languages, humanities and the arts. ...read more.


This is a situation which a friend of mine has firsthand experience with. She cannot remember the events during or after the car crash, not because she doesn?t want to, but simply because her emotional filter has blocked this specific event out. Therefore, in order to completely understand emotional filters, one must try to entirely block out these filters to get a real picture of reality. When talking about Plato?s Cave allegory, Plato is clearly positing that sensory perceptions are illusion and, by default, if humans only rely on their senses, then life is limited to living like prisoners in a cave, only "seeing" and "interpreting" the sensations governed by images on a cave wall. This analogy states that if we, as human beings, all relied purely on our senses, then we would all see things in the same light. However, through our perception filters, each human being is able to take a unique view on a situation. A common example of this could be when analysing poetry. The writer may have intended the poem to be about immortal life, using the imagery of flowers, for example. ...read more.


(Source: Wikipedia, taken from Don George, p. 226.). Synaesthesia occurs when filters in the brain are not able to filter out information that is not relevant o that particular sense. The brain becomes unable to filter out the colour from the sound, therefore the synesthete associates a particular colour with a particular sound. This is particularly interesting as synesthetes cannot filter out information, and therefore cannot see something as it really is, without associating it to something else. I believe that we can never find out how things ?really are?. I believe this as every person has their own unique filters which make each different person see the world in a different light. As Plato said, if humans were to rely solely on their senses, we would only see the images put before us, being unable to associate these images with other objects, each in our own unique way. Understanding filters is essential is understanding perception, as one must understand their own thought process and ideas to really understand their view on a particular topic, however, that does not enable one to find out how things ?really are?, it only enables people to find out how their own unique mind really is. ...read more.

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