We Should Not Trust Our Senses
Sensory perception refers to the human ability to observe and interpret information from the environment around us. The five human senses; touch, taste, smell, sight and sound are the tools we use for the sensation and perception processes. Without these senses, it is difficult for us to access and interpret information appropriately. Sensory perception allows people to connect with the environment and people around us. For example, the sense of smell allows us to detect and interpret different odors in our environment. If this sense is not working appropriately, we cannot interpret smell accurately. A good example for this is where one cannot tell the different fragrances in colognes since the sense of smell is not working adequately. Sensory perception play an important role in our lives as it influences how we perceive and relate to the world around us.
The five senses work to provide humans with an avenue of accessing information from the outside world and coming up with meaningful interpretation of the same. One of the main reasons that we should trust our senses is that they are a naturally developed means of interpreting the world (Christian, 2011). Therefore, questioning the accuracy of information provided by our senses is not realistic. One is born with the innate ability to sense and perceive different kinds of information. For example, a new born baby does not know what another human being looks like. However, through the sense of sight, they are able to see different figures and through perception they interpret these as human beings. In addition, proposers of the argument that we should trust our senses show that human senses warn us of impending danger. For example, when a gun shot is fired, we hear it using the sense of sound and we interpret is as a gun shot sound which subsequently leads us to hide and shield ourselves from the danger. This can be interpreted to mean that our senses help in keeping us safe. We should also trust our senses as they help us live a fuller life and relate to the stimuli around us. The different sensory percepts experienced by different people help create a world filled with variety. If all people perceived everything in the same way, the world would not be interesting. In this perspective, proposers of those who argue that we should trust our senses say that senses provide data that is accurate to each person specifically.
We should not trust our senses as they do not provide us with accurate data or interpretation of the world. Our senses are biased and only give us an interpretation of stimuli in a subjective or prejudiced...