What is the role of perception in the various Areas of Knowledge?

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Perception is the process by which organisms interpret and organize sensation to produce a meaningful experience of the world. Sensation usually refers to the immediate, relatively unprocessed result of stimulation of sensory receptors in the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, or skin. Perception, on the other hand, better describes one's ultimate experience of the world and typically involves further processing of sensory input.

Perception has played a great role in all the various fields of knowledge. It is true that the involvement of perception in knowledge may differ from one field to another, but the fact that perception has contributed a lot in the areas of knowledge cannot be neglected. Knowledge can be classified under many areas, such as: sciences, arts, and religion.

From the earliest of times, we have observed the world around us through our senses. Observation is fundamental for survival; it also provides food for the mind.

Our observations affected all of our intellectual efforts, and have played a critical role in science. Overtime, humans have become aware of the many factors influencing the making, interpretation and communication of scientific observations. For example, humans believed that the Earth was flat. This belief remained for many years until a famous scientist called Galileo proved it was spherical, through the use of his invention, the telescope. As we see, Perception itself, though corrects previous beliefs, is dependent on prior knowledge, which restricts the observant to a bounded set of rational possibilities.

Perception was the path humans followed to express what they claimed beauty was in the various fields of art. They have looked around themselves and turned what they saw into art. They have also used their emotions such as love, hate, sadness, and happiness as an inspiration. They create songs of old lovers. They paint paintings of...