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1 Theory of Knowledge “When should we trust our senses to give us truth?” Name:  Prashanth  Rasanayagam
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2 Teacher:  Mr. Hageman Course Code:  HZT 4U5-01 Date:  Mon. Nov 10. 08 Word Count:  1480 Senses are a significant aspect in everyday life representing interactions and  unity with the world. Human beings are blessed with senses to observe and reason  the world around them. Our senses are vital aspects of our lives which allow  different perceptions of the concepts that manifest around us. In the search for truth  one should never take the senses at face value. Truth is an abstract thought which  questions the mind and fluctuates depending on relativity and interpretation. To give  us truth we should trust our senses only to an extent. By examining the  disadvantages and then the advantages of trusting our senses in the search for truth  in certain areas of knowledge such as mathematics, the arts, and science it would  be illustrated that one can only trust the senses to an extent to give him or her truth.     The five senses humans are blessed with allows interaction and affirmation amid  the world. Although humans are helpless without their senses it is important to note  that the senses are not always a reliable source. As conscious beings we have built  advanced machinery and technology that are capable of a multitude of perceptive  knowledge to which we are oblivious. When assessing the validity of our senses it is 
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3 important to consider psychological illusions which clearly depict the inaccuracy of  the senses. There are many cases in our daily lives where our senses are  inaccurate. As an example our eyes are only able to see a minute segment of the  electromagnetic spectrum and our ears are only able to pick up on certain  frequencies. When we take this into context there are still many facets of the world  which we cannot comprehend or perceive. Our senses are limited and even though  we use our perception to understand the outside world we do not know the actuality  of the world, but only our own universe. There are still many unabridged concepts in  the world to which we are unaware and our perception cannot be trusted when  arriving at these truths for it is out of our limits. In some cases our senses hold us 
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