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Perception Discuss the following quote: We perceive the world the way we see it, not the way it is The Talmud

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Matthieu Robin 25/11/08 11PCL Theory of Knowledge - Tom Williams Perception Discuss the following quote: "We perceive the world the way we see it, not the way it is" The Talmud This quote from The Talmud, (a collection of ancient Jewish laws and tradition for religious and social matters1) may be interpreted into two different ways. In a more literary sense this quote means that human beings see the world through the five senses, but not the way it actually is. The world can also be perceived empirically, through experience. This latter explanation has a deeper significance and extends further in terms of approaches to the external world than the limited five senses. Either way, it would be impossible for humans to perceive the real external world. Humans throughout their lives are conditioned to the belief that the world they live in is a material reality. They grow up under the effect of this influence and their belief on this view point strengthens. ...read more.

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It is an image formed inside our brain. If one sees a flower in a vase in the external world, in reality it is not in the external world but in our brain. As humans we are not in direct contact with the external world and what separate's us from this 'world' is our five senses. The five senses enable the brain to create or interpret an image of the real world. As humans we also perceive the world empirically, which means that we obtain knowledge through our senses. This knowledge is based on experience (observation and experiment), especially the experience of the senses. The knowledge we acquire through experience is the basis of understanding, which is the making of that experience meaningful to us. Empiricism is what separates us, from the physical objective reality. It is a way for the human being to differentiate himself individualistically. It is a perception that enables someone's ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people. ...read more.

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It shows that the world can be perceived far beyond objective reality. It proves that empiricism is a boundless way of looking at the external world. The world can be seen in two ways, through our sensory perception, and through the knowledge gained from experience of the senses (empiricism). When the world is seen from the sensory perception, it is quite limited in terms of knowing what the external world is because our brain is not in direct contact with the external world and the brain can only receive knowledge of the external world through the senses. Since every human being is built differently and perceives the world in different ways, the external world is viewed and altered from person to person. This reality is reasonably objective, and through empiricism, it is a matter of experience, and the more experience you get, the more knowledge you acquire. This is a better way of understanding the world 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud 2 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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