Sense Perception

Sum up the main problems with the senses that we have discussed this lesson.

The way in which an individual perceives the world is entirely dependent on the way in which the brain constructs and process the information being received. The lens in which we see is constructed upon our individual past experiences, where our attention is placed, and the experiences we have accumulated in the past. In this sense, the way we might perceive reality may merely be an illusion that deceives us and draws into question the reliability of even our simplest of truths. We believe something is true because that is what we have been taught, and that is what we are accustomed to. Yet, conflicts arise in contrasting and contradictory ideologies when two individuals perceive in different ways. This directs us to the problem of subjectivity. If there as so many unknown factors influencing our thoughts, filling in black spaces and making assumptions we could not possibly say that we have a confident view of what is happening around us. Just like all biological system, the perceptual system in which we heavily rely on can easily be broken down on swayed to believe one thing over another. Even when we are unaware these subconscious decisions are being made. Attention plays a major role in the decision-making of our own realities. If we are watching for a specific event to occur, we may miss out on other events occurring around it and thus there is a gap in reality that we must fill in our heads often resulting in a reality that in being constructed more to what we expect rather than what is actually occurring.

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that our senses are completely unreliable. Under what circumstances should we trust / can we have more faith in the evidence of our senses?

As sense perception when put into basic terms is simply the physical response of our senses to stimuli it can be controlled or managed to and extent as a means of increasing the reliability of these perceptions. Human beings have a range of sense that can capture information from the external environment through receptors. Awareness is the key factor in increasing our faith in our sesnse. Being aware of the shortcomings and limits of our senses is the first step towards better management and reliability. Ironically, in a sense, to be able to understand a certain topic more, we must further expand our senses to understand what is happening beyond it. It is unreliable to focus solely on what we want to see or where we expect the results in the show. Instead, we must use our sense in a holistic sense to attain a well-rounded approach to the topic. Gestalt’s theory of psychology states that humans tend to perceive visuals as meaningful patterns of groups rather than attempting to synthesise the individual parts. A notable example of this would be how native English speakers are able to read sections of text regardless of whether or not the letters in the text are scrambled as long as the first 2 letters are accurately placed. Being able to understand how the brain functions will allow us to take advantage of these unique cantabiles and increase reliability, rather than trick us into perceiving a false reality.