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“There Are No Absolute Distinctions Between What Is True And What Is False” Discuss This Claim

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The intricacy of this claim can be easily underestimated due to its simple arrangement. However in order to understand this claim one needs to realize that humans are creatures of habit, learning the difference between certain notions and concepts as they grow older. So any knowledge an individual obtains is heavily influenced by the views of the society in which said individual lives. Many times the truths and beliefs of one group of people is found to be vastly different from those of another group of people. The same notion goes for what people believe to be false as well.
Leonardo Da Vinci once said “Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to ...view middle of the document...

For example, one could hear a car crash while in their house; they could then find out that another person heard it as well. The event of this car crash would be proven true if there was in fact a car crash outside, since all three events fit together logically. The last theory is the Pragmatic Theory of Truth, stating that “something is true if it is useful”, it is of little importance whether the notion of truth in this case reflects reality at all.
Based on these three theories there are areas in which there are no distinctions between what is true and what is false. In the documentary, “War of the Worlds”, the public’s reaction to the broadcast, believing the events to be true since the program was being broadcasted in the style of a news bulletin, was a phenomenon. The public was willing to believe anything in order to make sense of an unrealistic situation, placing reason below the exceptional power of perception. The listeners of the broadcast genuinely believed that there were Martians attacking earth. There were reports of people chocking on black smoke and seeing green lights, neither of which was actually present at the time. This event is an example of the Coherence Theory of Truth to an extent. People heard the program and began to experience a delusional reality in order to make sense of the their newfound information.
Human perception is one of the many things that can hinder fully understanding what is true and what is false. The chaotic aftermath of the radio play depicts how the beliefs people hold to be true can turn what is false into reality, thus also following the Pragmatic Theory of Truth. It was not of importance to the majority of people whether the event was reflecting reality; those who were involved in the panic depicted their own realities based on the truths they believed in.
This seems to be the case for the Westboro Baptist Church in the documentary, “The Most Hated Family in America”. The members of this church adamantly believe that their truths are absolute while those who oppose this church group believe that said truths are not absolute. This example, however, brings religion into the fold thus, somewhat making the...

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