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filters of perception

            Statement of Aspect: "In order to find out how things really are one must understand the filters through which one perceives the world."" Discuss and evaluate this claim.
             Every person has their own way of perception, the process or result of becoming aware through the senses, due to the way one experiences life. Like Penelope Fitzgerald said, "No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is - in other words, not a thing, but a think."" All we see passes through one's filters, a device where some frequencies are rejected as others pass. The individual's filters are distinct because of what one decides to reject and/or pass. Understanding how things really are would be understanding each and every person's minds dealing with what they believe in and in what areas of knowledge they focus their lives on. There exists different theories of perception that explain how being such a person can change the way one perceives the world, depending on what one self bases on. These people not only focus on their perception but on the different areas of knowledge and ways of knowing through which they understand the filters. .
             The empiricists, only claim as real as what they have experienced, direct experiences. Therefore, these people, basing on empiricism will not filter in as valid what another person might claim as true because as empiricists, they have not experienced such things. These people are able to understand the world around them because of the areas of knowledge. For example, the empiricists will not be able to believe all that history teaches due to the lack of experience these type of people have inside history. They might see with a type of doubt. For example, the death of Kennedy, they were not there to experience it so they cannot be positively sure that what occurred, occurred as the history books or historians themselves say it did.

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