Search for Truth: Is It Possible with the Scientific Method?

Topics: Human, Scientific method, Perception Pages: 4 (1151 words) Published: November 10, 2008
When (if ever) should we trust our senses to give us truth? If there is an answer to this question the logical process would be to analyse the critical parts and define key area’s within the argument; and then begin the process to create a logically structured argument that can act as our response or answer (but to what level of certainty?).

Our senses are based on our perception, our ability to use our combined senses to understand and interact with our environment. Using information from our senses we can use as a basis for further investigation and inductive and deductive reasoning to understand things unrelated to those our senses are able to perceive, how are we to trust our rationalist thoughts if we are unsure as to whether we trusted our senses in the first place? Is there anyway we can test and prove that our senses are what we believe they are, could this become the path that our senses can lead us to truth? After deeper contemplation of possible reasons the human race has not yet discovered its purpose, perhaps it is more likely that there is not truth. Our species along with all others on this planet are merely a trivial example of possible organisms that can be found perhaps throughout the universe (why limit the example to one universe). The point is however perhaps the development of life is merely a process, there is no silver lining to existence, no truth or higher state of consciousness on which to base our lives upon. Contradicting that however is the possibility that perhaps life itself is the truth, our very existence is a testament to the truth. Maybe those who do not seek ‘the truth’ but merely exist, live their lives with indifference to hypothetical and plausible explanations are those who have stumbled upon the truth.

Some of the key terms within this question is trust, what is trust? In the American Heritage Dictionary ‘trust’ is defined as “firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing”, if we were...
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