We See and Understand Things Not as They Are but as We Are

Topics: Perception, Mind, Sense Pages: 3 (960 words) Published: February 18, 2014
We see and understanding things not as they are, but as we are. Discuss the claim in relation to at least two ways of knowing. People grow in different societies, in different cultures, people have own experience and knowledge. From the beginning of our life we all are different. By the law of nature we cannot be the same. This claim states that we see and understand things not as they are, but as we are so we cannot understand or see something objectively (as they are) because we add our opinion and knowledge to this thing. The term “as they are” means that this thing has its own absolute truth. There are some factors, which influence on how people see and understand things. We can know it from ways of knowing and areas of knowing. Ways of knowing are: language, sense perception, imagination. Area of knowing: natural sciences.  One of the ways of knowing is language. Sometimes government uses mass media to control minds of the society. Mass media uses the language to manipulate our minds. By manipulating, people see world around them differently. For example: Nowadays in Kazakhstan crisis, all people know it, but mass media don't tell people about it , but tell about the problems in schools, in hospitals and so on and people don't think about crisis, but about the problems in hospitals, schools, so they think that there is no crisis. So, government, people are happy. Language is the tool ,which is very powerful. If i tell you «The new teacher taught us new theme and everyone in the class were listening him with interest and attentively», you will think that this teacher is very good and professional. If i tell you : «the new teacher was late , he was absentminded and instead of teaching us new theme he told us the reason of his lateness», you will think that this teacher is very irresponsible and bad teacher.  The one of the ways of knowing is sense perception. By using sense perception people recognize and...
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