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We see and understand things not as they are but as we are. Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing.

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We see and understand things not as they are but as we are". Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing. By: Margaret Sanchez "We see and understand things not as they are but as we are". Discuss this claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing. Different people see and perceive things differently and this is due to the make up of our brains as well as our past experiences and knowledge. We all see the same objects, situations, events or even a movie but each individual perceives it from a different point of view. We can comprehend what we see but it is subject to our own unique way of thinking. Our own way of thinking depends a lot on our past experiences, our childhood and upbringing, our gender, our culture, our religion and also the society in which we live. One of the characters on the T.V. show Full House by the name of DJ had lost her mother due to a car accident caused by a drunk driver. When DJ's friend Kimmy got drunk at a party DJ acted uptight about it while all the other people just thought of the situation as funny and entertaining. It was DJ's own personal experience with the outcome of the over consumption of alcohol that led her to perceive the situation the way she did. ...read more.


Knowledge does not exist if there are no human minds to interpret and understand the knowledge. So even though it is the same apple that was eaten different factors or variables manipulated what each person thought of to be true. Our brains which are unique to ourselves are what changes what see and understand. Some see the apple as a fruit, the others as a marvelous shade of red and still others as a panacea for their hunger. It can also be said that what we see shapes our understanding. The first time we see an object with no previous knowledge to help us define what it is we are forced to define what "see". Then in the future we are able to recall on our past experiences to help us understand what the object is because we are able to recognize it. Therefore we "see" the object as it is and as it has always been. The first time we see a waterfall, not just on television or in the movies, but actually experience the rushing motion of a waterfall we then begin to realize what a waterfall really is and are minds are able to define what our senses react to. The next time we wee another waterfall it registers in our minds and so we know what it is. Gender biases and stereotypes also exists which affects how each gender sees and understands certain things, events and situations. ...read more.


We see that the mind set of an individual or in this case a character quite similar to few people out there can change the way that he or she sees and understand the things around them in their world. The past is a reality that cannot by any means in this lifetime be changed or reversed or viewed once again yet historians try and interpret the events, situations and objects of the past. But how can this be done if they were never there to experience it for themselves? The only thing they can do is try to record the events of the past based on evidence which even then is subject to the way in which the historian sees and understands the events of the past. The historian's past experiences or cultural and gender biases as well as religious biases may cause him to see and understand the evidence that is presented to him differently which ultimately affects the so called "facts" presented in the history book which trust has accurate information. So, in the end we all view and comprehend everything in our lives differently from the person sitting beside us who may see the same thing we do but does not perceive it the same way that we might. Word Count 1388 Reference Camus, Albert. The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics). New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 2000. ...read more.

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