Phi 210 Week 3 Assignment

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Week Three Assignment – Sensory Perceptions Victor A. Diasparra Strayer University Dr. Sharon Thomas PHI 210 – Critical Thinking April 26, 2014 Introduction Aristotle called the mind a tabula rasa, a blank slate on which our senses and experiences are transposed onto much like the paint an artist brushes on a canvas. It has been discussed that our mind is empty and the sense are what fills it. From the early stages of life, man has the potential to be showered by sensory information received and processed through the body’s own senses and receptor networks and passed onto the brain. Most of us take for granted that our complex body receives, organizes, and processes this information to deliver us a perception. Others argue that the mind has inborn ideas and structures and as we experience things it adds to the ideas and becomes recognizable. Some people question how can you really trust your senses and the interpretation of sensory data to give you an accurate view of the world? While they are powerful, our senses can fall to deception. This paper will explore some reasoning for believing in the accuracy or inaccuracy of sensory information including identifying and describing factors contributing to the accuracy of…show more content…
Research shows that sensory information storage holds sensory images for several tenths of a second after received by sensory organs (Central Intelligence Agency, 1999). Memory records a lifetime of experience and thoughts. In essence if you have a memory of touching fire and feeling the sensation of the burn, your brain stores that and when the situation reappears, the mind can pull that memory out from the past. It may cause the person to be reluctant to touch the hot object again. The brain evaluates the situation and then based off of past experiences pulled from memory, helps make the decision to proceed or

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