Assignment 1: "Sensory Perceptions”
Professor Mario del Carril
PHI 210 Critical Thinking
October 21, 2012
The human senses are what make us who we are, without them our ability to think and learn would be impossible. The human senses are the gateway from the physical world into the domain of our mind. “There is nothing in the mind unless it is first in the senses” (Kirby and Goodpaster, 2007, pg. 54)”. Our senses work to form a complex of picture of our lives and surroundings. Through a cost connection between our sensing and thinking we can rely on accurate observations. However, there are several factors that affect the accuracy of our senses, sickness, sleep deprivation, and exhausted. There are also times when the things we think we see is not really what it is, “habits, interests, and biases, focuses and thus limits our perceptions.” (Kirby and Goodpaster, 2007, pg. 56). Even with these accuracy issues, in most regards our sensory information is accurate. Three reasons for believing in the accuracy of the sensory information we generate is evident in our bodily responds when touch something that is hot or cold. During this occurance, our sense of feeling sends messages to our brain notifying us of the temperature variation. Likewise, our sense of smell alerts us to the possibility of fire when we smell smoke. When it comes to our sense of sight, the information receive is usually accurate. When we see and hear people talking, we can be assure that this event is actually occuring. These three reasons testify to why we can trust the accuracy of that sensory information Three factors contributing to the accuracy of sensory data is food, drugs, and sleep. Though there are numerous other factors that contribute to the accuracy, food is one of the most important. Our brain needs food, which contain a wide range of antioxidants that can protect your brain from disease and allows it to function properly. Other foods such as...
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