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Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes". Discuss.

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[Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes] ?Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes? (1200-1600 words) 1. What does the author of this quote mean? 2. To what extent can this explain the process of sense perception? How do we know what we are seeing is the same to us as it is to another? That is a question that I frequently ask myself and I am sure many others before and after me have and will. The question is very subjective to how an individual feels and believes he is processing the reflected light that is sent to his brain to tell him of the object in front of him. If one believes that what we see is what it is, they would disagree with this statement, however if one feels that predetermined judgement plays a role in the processing of information then they would whole heartedly support it. I feel that the author was trying to express that eyes are simply a biological pass through for knowledge. And that knowledge is more emotional perception. When born, we as humans do not recognise anything, our surroundings are alien to us. ...read more.


We take in things we want to. A lot of the time, if we chose to focus on something we may miss out on various other things occurring at the same moment, as was shown with the selective vision test in which viewers did not see the gorilla when counting the amount of passes the white team made. In this case, how can we base our knowledge on what we see, if we chose to be selective and chose what we want to see. It is selective to the viewer?s limitations and interpretations. When looking at the process of sense perception, one could believe that what we see is really what it is. This is called common sense realism and is a comparatively straight forward process from which we can understand out surroundings. However, those who believe this no not allow observation to affect what they are seeing; meaning that such individuals will solidly believe an idea of fact, even of all surroundings point away from it, leading to incorrect assumptions and potentially huge gaps in their knowledge. These people will most likely believe that they eyes are simply the origin of sight and not the knowledge. ...read more.


Now if the eyes were the true organ of sight, then we would not need the signals sent to our brains to process the information, we would be able to use solely our eyes. However, with the knowledge we hold in our brains, we can successfully identify the stimulus and that is why I support the quote. In conclusion, if what is written above is correct, our sight really is heavily limited by our knowledge. This could be why certain colonies like Eskimos have many, many different words for snow, because they have knowledge of their surroundings and therefore can interpret many different types, and why certain civilisations such as the Himba of northern Namibia, have words and therefore interpret colours in five categories rather than essential eleven categories we have. For them, water is seen as white and the sky as black and therefore blue and green fall into the same word. This shows us that our knowledge really does have an effect on the way we see things and it is not just the reflected light that we process. This means that the more we learn as human beings, the more we can see and understand of the world surrounding us. TOK | PageLauren Alden 12B ...read more.

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