• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

When should we trust our senses to give us the truth?

Extracts from this document...


Our senses are the inner being of our souls and that is what needs to be used first and foremost. Are our senses trustable? Senses are needed in almost all the cases of daily life and without them living would be hard to picture. Humans have five senses, to smell, to hear, to taste, to feel and to see. We have based all of our society on the beliefs that our senses are trustable, and without them we would function poorly. However, it is not without reasoning I say senses cannot be trusted. If there is an answer to this question the logical process would be to analyse the critical parts and define key areas within the argument. ...read more.


Of course, our senses are the natural answers. But these thoughts lead me to wonder "how can I be sure of that?" Example, I picture myself lying in the grass, looking up toward the sky. The clear blue stretches from left to right, to the horizon and beyond it. And I'm pretty sure it's blue. My senses are telling me it's blue. However, scientists have found that the wavelength of the light from the sky is actually one which we normally would see as purple. Our eyes prefer to see it blue. Now, where does that put us? Should we trust the scientists, who have spent many years to come up with the laws of nature to be able to investigate the relationship between light waves and human eyes? ...read more.


If you were to think the sun must be travelling around the earth, would you say the senses lied to you after you learned the earth is travelling around the sun? Science tells us all matter is energy in motion and the mystics tell us it is light. Are our limited senses distorting the truth or is our ignorance at fault? In my opinion, I think that senses can be trusted if intelligence is added to the equation. If we are talking about the spiritual none changing aspect of existence, then the senses cannot be trusted. The absolute field of being is beyond the relative field of existence. The absolute field of consciousness is the foundation upon which is built all relative aspects of life in which we live. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. When should we trust our senses to give us truth?

    receptors for various receptors for different chemicals but we do not have the same repertoire due to genetic differences, leading to some being able to detect certain chemicals while others can't.

  2. When should we trust our senses to give us the truth?

    He argued that it was always controlled by the subconscious, allowing us to pretend to reason our way to our desires. Although Hume's view may have been extreme, as reason can and has been executed to contradict our emotions, he is correct in saying that emotion plays a large role in our reasoning and thus in our sense perception.

  1. When should we trust our senses to give us truth?

    Our interpretation of what we see is widely influenced on how our culture and society interprets them. This would be accepted as a "norm" or a common truth of the society. For example, people who see teenagers dress all in black and have their hair covering their faces automatically think that they are "emos 4 " that cut themselves.

  2. TOK. "Truth is that to which the community ultimately settles down" (Charles Peirce). Analyse ...

    Doubtless there is validity to the idea that some contemporary truths are better than those that have gone before simply because they are the sum of many generations of learning. Unfortunately, there is a downside to the belief that the conclusions of the community are truth.

  1. When should we trust our senses to give us truth?

    Even the poorest of the slum dwellers pay every penny to contribute to the making of the idol, hoping that he will obliterate all obstacles from their path. For people with such strong faith, emotion could have easily shrouded their judgement, and their perception of the truth.

  2. How do the 4 WOKS interact to give a picture of a reality?

    The reason could be blood relations, beauty or compatibility that arouses the passion. For poets and writers, perception is vital. Experiencing a character's life and feeling their emotions is the ingredient. Language assists them in writing the desired. There is always an interaction between the varied ways of knowing as one performs any function.

  1. the question then leads us to when should trust our senses to give us ...

    If asked, there will not be a certain use for these life-forms. They would simply be drawn towards it because of its ethereal nature; its form obscures the indwelling spirit to a lesser degree than is the case with other life forms.

  2. Our senses tell us that a table, for example, is a solid object; science ...

    In this research, all the participants were white Americans. They were divided into groups of seven. One participant from each group was shown a picture of a white man and a black man in a train, with the white man holding a razor in his hand.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work