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Perception and Feeling

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Since the lesson this week and the friendship with truth mentioned in the Ted Conversation, I had to reconsider some of the things I felt were just common sense. What science said appeared to logger's heads for once in my life, with what I felt was an unquestionable reality. In such an organized manner, it is incredible how the human brain functions to ensure that it gives us a picture of everything we see or feel, actually witness, or interpret .One important lesson I agree with is that what we perceive provides just a fraction of what is found within the very stimuli that offer us the sense of perception (Ted Talk, n.d.). Taking an instance of the colors we attach to objects; they are not just an illusion. It does not make sense that an object would only seem to have a particular color because of reflectance. Science argues for such reasoning with one plausible explanation being the fact that we are only able to visualize a small fraction of the light spectrum in the first place. It is, therefore, possible that there are nuances we are not able to appreciate. Furthermore, in the absence of light, we cannot see and things take a ‘black’ form. Just because we cannot see does not mean the objects cease to exist.

Casting aspersions on the reality of solidity for me miss the mark completely. As long as our eyes are able to appreciate the presence of objects, their existence should not be questioned. The visual pathway is one thing and the integration of information in form of an image is another. The reality, therefore, should not be a radical thing as Mr. Konstantinou tries to make it sound. We may risk claiming that even our very existence is an illusion (Yantis, 2013).

References

Ted Talk. (n.d.). Your Perception is not alwys reality: Nikos Konstantinou. Retrieved from https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=hbmqku_jpHg

Yantis, S. (2013). Sensation and Perception. Palgrave Macmillan.

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