DEP2000 REACTION PAPER
WHAT IS PERCEPTION?
Perception is our sensory experience of the world around us and involves both the recognition of environmental stimuli and actions in response to these stimuli. Through the perceptual process, we gain information about properties and elements of the environment that are critical to our survival. Perception not only creates our experience of the world around us; it allows us to act within our environment. Perception includes the five senses; touch, sight, taste smell and taste. It also includes what is known as proprioception, a set of senses involving the ability to detect changes in body positions and movements. It also involves the cognitive
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It is the substantiality of opinion of what you believe is true. At one point in time, people didn’t require evidence in order to consider its’ validity. The world was naive, and didn’t have the knowledge it does today. Today’s society requires proof in order to conceive that something is true. Perhaps if someone told you that, pigs could fly, would you be gullible enough to assume it? Or would you need solid evidence in order to believe that fact? Perception is also determined by theories throughout life. Plato, who is a Greek philosopher, discusses theories of knowledge throughout his famous dialogue, The Theaetetus. He researched many different ways of learning and attempts to define knowledge and perception. This is the beginning of how perception can be defined and looked upon. While researching perception, a perfect example would be the Salem witch trials. Throughout history, millions of women have been scorned, accused, arrested, tortured, put to trial, and persecuted as witches. Although before the Salem witch trials, they were originally created in Europe. These began in the 1450s, whereas the Salem trials didn’t start until the late 1600s. Regardless people were intimidated and scared by witches. They feared that it would overthrow Christianity. With much fear in mind, the Catholic Church was implemented. They began to take action upon their situation, and start crucifying any person that was accused of witchcraft. In today’s