Today in TOK, we were exposed to a mind-opening experience that informed us that our minds usually do not allow us to perceive the world as it is, but as how we are preconditioned/engineered to perceive the world. While I realise that there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable. This is because the knowledge that we gain from our perceptual systems is still knowledge, regardless of whether it is true or not. This is because regardless whether the knowledge we receive accurately reflects all there is to an object, we believe that the knowledge we receive is accurate. Furthermore in recent years as our understanding of ourselves and the universe grew, we have managed to develop technology in order to combat the illusions that our mind may cast on how the world really is. One example is how the Hubble telescope can provide scientists with images of distant nebulas, galaxy systems or other cosmic phenomena, but as seen through different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.Image result for Hubble Telescope Image of Galaxies through different spectrums

Thus providing us with new information about how the universe works and looks, that is not based on our biased and inaccurate senses of perception.

A counter-argument is that if the knowledge we receive is flawed in some way, then other presumptions or knowledge derived from knowledge gathered by our sense of perception could also be equally flawed. I say that knowledge is knowledge, regardless of whether it is accurate or not. Furthermore the knowledge that we derived from our sense of perception is something that our civilisation has relied on for centuries, and that knowledge was all that we had for centuries. Another argument that can be made is that despite the possibility that the information we receive may be flawed, we have been able to capitalise on our knowledge and develop a greater understanding of what the universe actually looks like.