“In order to find out how things really are, one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world.” Discuss and evaluate this claim.
Perception is unique and different for every living being. If every living being has a distinct view on reality, how can we know which unique view is the correct way of knowing? Perception has its limitations, and if we can understand these limitations, we may be able to separate the real from the unreal. In this essay, I will discuss and evaluate the way different people with different views towards the world perceive it.
As human beings, we are not born perfect. Our senses which perceive the world are limited to a certain extent, therefore creating a bias. Other factors may contribute and filter our perception of the world, as individuals. These other factors include emotion, logic and possibly even certain aspects of perception itself. Some of the areas of knowledge in which our perception is limited may be through the subjects like Natural Sciences, languages, humanities and the arts. The limitations of our senses and other factors such as emotion, and logic contribute towards the way in which our perception of reality is filtered when considering the content of the areas of knowledge mentioned above. Furthermore, it is possible that the filtering of certain topics may enhance certain people’s perception in certain areas of knowledge, such as the ones mentioned above.
I would like to discuss the topic of emotion in the context of how it can be used to filter out certain events or memories. Emotion is able to act as a strong filter in one's perception of the world as it is. The Oxford Dictionary definition of 'Emotion' is:
A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.
When discussing emotion as a filter, certain areas of knowledge, such...