Our Senses Give Us Knowledge Analysis
To what extent do our senses give us knowledge of the world as it is?
Our sensors receive information from the outside world and this information is translated into electrical signals which are received and used by the brain to create our perception of the world. Our senses enable us to have knowledge about the outside world which is pivotal in survival. The brain is located inside our skull and without touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing we would know nothing about the outside world. However, if we have the receptacles of a senses without the neuro-pathways inside the brain using this information we could not use these senses. For instance, Mike May went blind at age three but he was given working eyes through a stem cell surgery decades later. However, even with the operation being a surgical success May had trouble. “A study published three years after the operation found that the then-49-year-old could see colors, motion and some simple …show more content…
This claims that it is really our internal workings that decide what is in front of us instead of our eyes. This theory is supported by the internal model. There is six times the amount of traffic in the brain going to the eyes than from them. The Internal Model theory suggests that the world around us is a simulation created by our brains. This is supported by optical allusions such as the rotating Einstein allusion. A mould of Einstein’s face is shown inside-out but from the front the brain sees Einstein’s face as going out rather than in because that it what the brain is used to seeing. This is the internal model, recognising and categorising things based on experience and what one would expect to see. It is because of the internal model that the world stays stationary even when the eye moves all around, the internal model expects the world to stay stationary, so it