Nicholas Man

August 28, 2017

Sense Perception

Filed under: TOK,Uncategorized — 053601 @ 12:47 pm

I agree more strongly with perceptual relativism (the idea that there is no way to understand the world objectively) as opposed to perceptual realism (the idea that our senses generally give us correct knowledge of the world). This is because our view of the world is inherently subjective; everything we experience is unique to us and cannot be completely shared with anyone else. Perceptual relativism makes more sense as there is, by definition, no way to differentiate between illusions and reality. Everything has the possibility of being an illusion, and it is impossible to know, with certainty, that anything is not.

When we dream, we cannot know for certain that we are dreaming; although it is certainly different from the life we know and understand, we can only have any reason to believe it a dream when we wake up. Likewise, there is no way to know for certain whether or not the world as we know it is not an illusion.

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