Tok essay

Topics: Sense, Perception, Sensory system Pages: 2 (578 words) Published: November 1, 2014
What do I mean by senses? Humans are known to have five senses; sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing. These senses have their own specific uses, and some appear to be more reliable than others. In fact, the only way that we get an understanding of the world is through our senses. Imagine someone who does not possess any of these senses, it is not possible that they can ever have access to knowledge.In the case of truth, what do I mean by it? This comes with different points of view. There are also different kinds of truths such as religious truths and scientific truths. Certain truths make more use of the senses than others, for example, in the case of religion, one does not necessarily have to see something in order to belief it, it’s grounded on faith than anything else. In scientific truths, however, the reliability of the senses is tremendous, without their uses, we could never have known the truths we do in science. The whole notion of truth varies from culture to culture as well. The way in which we perceive this truth is also open to interpretations which are due to the idea of relativism. But for simplicity sake, I will narrow it all down to arts, mathematics and the natural sciences.

An artist’s eyes are his greatest assets in his field of work. I have seen, however, works of art by people who are blind, and the only way that they can appreciate these works is through sense of touch. One thing I noticed, when I had the opportunity to host a blind student in an art exhibition in my school, is that the way that that blind student perceives and appreciates that piece of art is totally different from the way I do. They do not get the same image as I do, they do not have concept of color especially if they were born blind. The artist Esref Armagan is an example that it is possible to have images of the world in your head without having visual perception, images of the way the world is perceived to those with vision, “He paints houses and mountains and...
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