When Should We Trust Our Senses to Give Us Truth?

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When should we trust our senses to give us truth?

Our senses are the connection between our minds and the environment, through our senses we receive information from the external environment, senses perception were delivered to our mind to interpret and process the truth, which simply means the fact and reality.

The senses of a knower include sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. To find the truth through sense perception, knower has to compare his sense perception with his pre-existing knowledge that is gained from previous experiences, in order to judge whether the piece of information is congruent.

Senses perceptions are often affected by the context with environment, personal expectations and beliefs.

Context is a factor that influences how we see things differently, when we perceive knowledge, we consider and accepts our senses perception in the context of the environment. We always looking for a meaning in ambiguity cases, so our senses perception differ in different context.

Senses perception is heavily influenced by our expectations, Representational Theory of perception states that perception is more than just capturing an image it is also about processing. Because our mind can fill in a picture to fit our own past experience or expectation, we naturally filter out abnormalities. For examples, we may fail to notice spelling mistakes because we are expecting to see particular words or letters. Therefore what you perceived and what was physically present was probably different.

Our senses perception would also be affected by our beliefs, and cause our preferred ways of interpreting things. A child may be convinced that a monster is hiding under his bed. His belief that it is real will cause him to think he hears the monster's roar even it is just noise from machines, he might also feels the monster moving but in fact it is only the wind is blowing. Yet, his belief and his fear that there is a monster is never a truth and is never...
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