Assignment 1- Sensory Perceptions
Assignment 1: Sensory Perceptions
1. Provide at least three reasons for believing in the accuracy or inaccuracy of sensory information.
Our senses are who we are, without them we are left to isolation and our ability to think and learn due to lack of experience. Senses are our connection from the physical world into the realm of our mind. “There is nothing in the mind unless it is first in the senses” (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, pg. 54) Many ancient philosophers described our senses as “the windows of the soul” (“Human Sensory Reception”, 2012) Each of our senses work together and form a composite picture of who we are, where we are, and what is going on around us. Our sensing and thinking are closely connected and we rely on accurate observations. I believe that our senses in most cases are accurate. There are factors in life such as being sick, sleep deprived, or exhausted that may skew the accuracy of our sensory perceptions temporarily, but in most cases they are accurate and the information they provide us with is vital in grounding our thinking. There are also other cases where what we think we see is not really what it is, “habits, interests, and biases, focuses and thus limits our perceptions.” (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, pg. 56) I believe that our sensory information in most regards is accurate, without any sort of accuracy we would not depend on them as much as we do in our thinking and decision making. When we feel heat on a pan on the stove our senses alert us to the danger of being burnt and we proceed with caution. When we see that it is raining outside we know we will get wet and make a decision to bring an umbrella to keep warm. Hearing is another powerful sense that we use to listen to words, is crucial in communication, and is interactive with our thinking. When we hear a very loud noise close to us we are startled and our senses might kick in and tell us to take cover...
References: Kirby, G.R. & Goodpaster, J.R. (2007). Thinking (4th Ed.). (Edition for Strayer University) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
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