"In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world"

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“In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world”

The knowledge issues involved in this claim are as follows; what does really are means, what are the filters through which one perceives the world and what is perception. Our areas of knowing include ethics, cultures, religion, mathematics, science and history. By using these areas of knowing the knowledge issues within the claim will be examined, discussed, clarified with examples and finally evaluated.

There is no one right way to look at or perceive the world as to how all things really are. The way things really are mainly depend on how they are perceived by a person. Different filters create the variations in perception. “how things really are” implies there is one true way in which things are. I believe things are the way they are due to the way I perceives them and sometimes with the aid of science and mathematics in the areas of which I have limited knowledge. I cannot determine myself that the Earth is 93 million miles away from the sun, I trust scientists and the results of their scientific experiments. Certain things can be proven through natural sciences, but this is neither a method, which is completely reliable since it cannot be considered to be purely based on fact and proof because the natural sciences are dependant on mathematics as a tool of knowing and justifying knowledge. One’s perception is neither right nor wrong, simply their interpretation of how things are. One may interpret or perceive the human race to have been at one point, created by God. Another may seek and find scientific and mathematical evidence, which support the Bing Bang theory, evolution. These perceptions are that of people with different religious and cultural backgrounds. There is no one correct perception of the origin of man. It varies from religion and culture. This relates to an AOK, ethics and religion. Certain religions are monotheistic and other polytheistic, these factors contradict each other. This would be considered as a generalization, which are not always true therefore I believe the term “really are” applies to people as individuals not as groups because there are people who will only believe something is real if scientific proof is given to justify the idea or object. There are also people who believe something to be the way they perceive it to be because it is correct according to their ethnic background or culture or religion. The people that are satisfied that something really is the way they perceive it to be if their religion or culture accepts or supports it, do not care if their beliefs are proven by science or not. They feel it is irrelevant and to them their perception of the world is how things really are and that is all that matters.

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Different ethnic groups and cultures have different filters through, which they perceive the world because of the way they have been brought up. One might be brought up in an Islamic region of the world and perceive the good and evil of the world differently to that of a person living in a Christian region. I as a Christian with different beliefs, believe suicide bombing is an act of terrorism. This relates to a WOK of emotion. Can an emotion be classified as good or evil? Yet the Islamic person may see the same action as an act of ...

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