September 12, 2018 - 110248

iFolio Entry 1 – SENSE PERCEPTION

Even though there are problems with our perceptual systems, this doesn’t mean that knowledge gained from our senses is completely unreliable.

Discuss this claim with reference to at least one Areas of Knowledge.

I believe that all the knowledge that the contemporary world and society acquires, initially comes from our perceptual systems but we are simply just accumulating more knowledge as time goes. Without our perceptual systems, we are unable to do or learn the world around us. For example, in the area of the arts, one would have to personally see or hear the artwork itself to truly understand the underlying meaning and theme within the art. Everyone has their own way of thought as well as different perceptual systems, thus one would be foolish to say knowledge gained through perceptual systems are unreliable.

However, in natural sciences, I would say the knowledge gained from our senses can really mask the reality that is going on in our world. For example, with our naked eyes we are unable to visualize the bacterias and the cell structures until we use instruments and tools to assist our learning.

TOK

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