Perception is reality
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Okay so to the main topic-
Now when you talk about "perception" I don't know in what context you mean, so here is what I think of perception:
According to the Google word meanings the meaning of perception is 'the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.'
So want to say that- what if the interpretation is wrong and the reality is different?
Also what a person regards and understands depends on the particular person, like for example:
If a person thinks that horror books are bad he/she with the mindset of thinking that books are bad would eventually regard/understand/interpret that adventure books are bad as well, but are adventure books bad according to you? Maybe or Maybe not. So I feel perception is highly dependent on a person opinion and the person himself/herself and that perception is NOT reality.
There is another meaning of "perception", taken from http://www.thefreedictionary.com..., which states:
"Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory." but there again my question follows- what if the memory is messed up? Then how is that reality? To make my point clear I would like to use the help of an example:
What if a person had seen an iron gate and thought it was a steel gate, now since he/she considered it to be a steel gate even a day later he/she would have his/her memory which says that he/she had seen a steel gate. Now just because memory says that it was a steel gate does the iron gate become a steel gate? Will that be reality? And the gate was detected by the person's eyes-his/her sensory organ. So -again- I say that perception is highly dependent on the person and what the information he or she gathers from their sensory organs and NOT on reality.
Thank you. To the pro.
So, my opponent is exactly right when he stated that "perception is highly dependent on a person's opinion." Not only is it dependent on a person's opinion, but also his or her mood, personality, childhood, etc. This list goes on and on because it's a list of what a given individuals reality is comprised of. In other words, what we experience (via sensory input) is the only thing we can be certain exists. But even then, we can never actually "prove" anything because things can only be so objective. If this doesn't make sense to you consider the following.
A rat gets food every time he turns left in a maze and soon becomes a left-turning rat. This is a lawful observation (conditioning). But would laws like this exist if no one were here to see them?
Though that was a fair explanation, I would like to particularize that a "person's reality" and the "actual reality" are two disparate things all together.
So as my opponent spoke briefly of schizophrenia, according to Google the meaning of schizophrenia is:
"a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behaviour, leading to FAULTY PERCEPTIONS, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation."
So in other words, schizophrenia is a disorder that causes hallucinations to occur to a person, because of which a person would be INDISTINCT between his/her imagination and the reality, therefore as a conclusion, it cannot prove that perception is reality.
I would like to mention that perception, opinion, reality and imagination are totally DIFFERENT TERMS and that they express DIFFERENT MEANINGS, though they are commonly mistaken to be similar.
002682 forfeited this round.
"Reality is NOT perception and perception is NOT reality, they are two different terms all together".
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