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When should we trust our senses to give us truth?

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2. When should we trust our senses to give us truth? Word Count: 1569 When should we trust our senses to give us truth? At one point or another in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, we are demonstrated a pictorial representation of the TOK course. The traditional TOK diagram revolves around the knower(s). Orbiting around the knower(s) are the ways that a knower shall use, like a resource to understand and explore the world around them. One of these resources is sense perception. Our senses are inputs in our body that we use to learn and expand our knowledge of our ever evolving world. Along our journey of learning and expanding our knowledge, we will, and always continue to discover truths. For example, it is a hot day, and you want to drink the cold glass of water in front of you. But how do you know that what you see is in fact a cold glass of water? Should you trust your senses, in this case, your sight to pick up the glass of water and drink it, or ignore them? The truth is then what we interpret from that data that our senses are giving to us. ...read more.


(IMDb Inc.) The movie presents the perspectives of a news producer, the Secret Service agents, a troubled police officer, an American tourist, the president's view and of the terrorists. This movie shows that our senses do not give us the total truth due to different views, but it is what we make of all the different perspectives all together to get the truth behind all the perspectives, meaning truth is found discursively 2 . Although those areas only permit knowing what our senses do to present truth in science and history, now when do we trust our senses to present truth in everyday life when we are performing everyday familiar conscious acts 3 ? Here we must examine situations when we must consider trusting our senses to get to truth: whether you have all senses or not, the effect of mental illness and what is accepted in present day society. Having all senses is the optimum amount of senses that a human being can have. It is a privilege and fortunate event of having all of them to rely and trust on in your life's daily routine. But what if one or two senses are absent? ...read more.


For example, Pete Wentz, one of the singers of Fall Out Boy, plays punk rock music, wears black make up and has hair covering his face but is not "emo" just because he has some characteristics of an emo. Here, we are not able to get truth when we interpret what our senses are telling us due to outside influences. In conclusion, we use our senses all the time, whether we are aware of it or not. We can use or senses and gain truth from the data that our senses give us in scientific experiments, and historical events. Furthermore, they are useful during everyday actions and decisions. A person with absent senses uses their remaining and better senses more consciously and actively in order to get to the truth. But contrastingly a mentally ill or healthy person can have their senses intact but read their senses wrongly and truth is then not given. The societies "norms" or common truths, can delude our senses of gaining truth, because of misjudgement. So ultimately our senses, hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching are useful at certain contexts at attaining the truth but do not give or withhold truth from us because it is what we make of what our senses that gives us truth. ...read more.

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