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when should we trust our senses to give us truth?

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When should we trust our senses to give us truth? Does truth exist? This is one of the most pressing questions that keep revolve around the human mind. What is truth? According to The Oxford American Dictionary; truth is the quality of being true, true as in 'in accordance with fact. In accordance with correct principles or accepted standard, genuine, loyal faithful.' However we must be aware of the fact that truth is a subjective word. What is true for one man may not be for another, what is considered a 'true story' may not be considered so according to which country or culture a person lives in. Our sensory perception is one of the ways of knowing. It is an extremely important part of our psychological and physical make-up. I believe we cannot live without it. I will be exploring several examples in this essay to ascertain whether we should trust in our senses to discover the truth or not. Humans can judge an idea or a fact whether it is true or false by using reason as well as their senses. I would like to argue that reason is not really accurate since I've always had a problem in determining whether the facts and ideas that I learn are true even if they seem reasonable sometimes. ...read more.

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It actually worked. I now believe in the claims of the product through personally tested experience. However, I cannot be sure that my skin would have repaired itself due to a change in my diet or lifestyle or just the time factor that may have coincided with the healing of my skin. If an explosion occurred in an isolated area with no one around will it make a sound or not? The answer would be yes. So truth is what really happened no matter how it's reported. A change in how the story is told will not change the actual truth but will change the way people believe this truth indeed. Therefore, if we can't test the truth using our senses it will be extremely difficult to know if it is reliable and accurate. People search for truth in the environment surrounding them. Perception is the best way to allow people to connect with the environment through the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, intuition) where all of the senses play a great role in the process of collecting the information from the environment that surrounds them. However, there's a process of understanding and evaluating the information they gained which affects the truth in a certain way. ...read more.

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The crocodile let go of her son and bit off her arm. She managed to save her son purely acting purely on her 'fight/flight sensory perception reaction. In conclusion, I believe there in no universal 'truth'. The version of our own reality is dependant on our senses and affected by emotional states. In other words, it doesn't matter if reality exists or not because what is true for one person may not be for another. I do believe however, that we really need our senses of perception in striving for truth, but we also need to use our powers of reason, emotion and language to create a more rounded spectrum of reality. Occasionally though we must follow only our sensory perception to lead us to truth, such as in the life or death situations as I mentioned above. "The more abstract the truth you wish to teach, the more you must allure the senses to it" this is a quote for the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche which is an interesting quote that is related my topic. He discusses that importance of senses and how you must use them to give you truth when the facts around you are not very clear which is quiet similar to how you must use your senses in life threatening situations. ...read more.

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