Perception And Perception Of Perception

1959 Words Jan 9th, 2016 8 Pages
Perception serves more than one purpose to the human experience. Wikipedia defines Perception as - the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. This definition unfortunately describes only one of the services perception provides. I would like to offer instead the definition - Perception is a collection of data filters, some natural but most created by education and experience, which serve to shape and enforce limits on sensory and intellectual data that is considered to provide the individual a world view in which to operate within. Similar definitions yes, but the differences are critical.

In the Wikipedia definition, perception is nothing more than an interpreter of sensory information. It implies that all sensory information is considered, and considered equally. Additionally it implies that intellectual data such as words, symbols, and events are not subject to perceptional filters. These critical omissions remove from view that perception is subjective and subordinate to the human intellect, a key concept in the road to higher enlightenment which I will discuss in future posts.

Perception provides to the human experience with:

-A world view to determine what sensory and intellectual data to consider and what to discard based upon (representative, not all inclusive):

Personal Impact

Personal Accountability

Personal Interest

Personal Relevance

Ability to effect

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