Essays Tagged: "Sense"

Descartes view on what is real

In one passage Descartes questions if beliefs are impossible even though they are derived from the senses. He gives the example of him sitting by the fire in his pajamas writing these meditations and ... behind some of his arguments are a bit preposterous. He wants people not always to trust what their senses are telling them and their experiences. Descartes believes that it is possible for people to ...

(3 pages) 92 0 3.3 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Contemplating Descartes' Meditation I- Can We Trust Our Senses?

sets forth with a blank slate. Descartes argues with himself about whether or not he can trust his senses, whether even mathematical truths are real, and the existence of God. The argument I will cri ... and the existence of God. The argument I will criticize is his argument that we shouldn't trust our senses.Descartes first argument involves whether he can trust his senses. He says that all we have l ...

(3 pages) 72 0 5.0 Feb/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Homeostasis in the Human Body

ssed and I struck a blow just below the patella bone.The procedure used for reception of stimuli by sense organs was as follows:I inserted two pins into a piece of cork. I measured the distance of the ... low the patella bone. Her leg kicked out as if trying to straighten.For the reception of stimuli by sense organs, I noticed that when the pins were 5mm apart from each other and the pin points were to ...

(5 pages) 149 3 4.6 Mar/2004

Subjects: Science Essays > Biology > Human Biology

Encoding, storage and retrieval: the processes of memory

etc.) into a neural code that it can understand and use. This step is similar to a computer in the sense that to put information into a computer, you need to type it in on the keyboard. Then the comp ...

(2 pages) 118 0 3.5 Apr/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

Impossibilities of "Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"

s able to rise to the surface and there he is greeted by the "blinding sunlight." Yet, his physical senses manage to be "preternaturally keen and alert." This is proved when he is able to see in detai ... eye, such as the colors of the dewdrops.Also, his eye site was not his only "preternaturally keen" sense, but his sense of hearing also went up quite a few notches. For one, he was able to "hear the ...

(2 pages) 43 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Equine Learning

shaped, refined and extended by learning. Experiences are perceived by the horse through their five senses (sight, hearing, olfaction, taste, touch) which results in the formation of memories and last ... how to live within the unnatural constraints we impose upon them (Burton, 1999).Horses use the same senses as us humans to perceive the world around them, but differ in their mode of use and capabilit ...

(13 pages) 124 0 4.3 Apr/2004

Subjects: Science Essays > Agriculture

Descartes' Optics

ind man with a stick almost seems to see with his hands. He calls that stick an "organ" or a "sixth sense" that the blind man seems to possess. Descartes then goes on to call into question one's abili ... ts, and our ability to understand an object's color with our sight. This raises the question of our senses' ability to interpret the world around us with accuracy. Descartes notices that a blin ...

(3 pages) 37 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

A Critique of George Berkeley's Treatise on Human Knowledge

raph of his treatise. There he refers to the fact that when we perceive something it is through the senses. If I am presented with a table, I am able to perceive that table by seeing it, feeling it an ... s well. But then he turns from convention and reasons that since the table is only perceived by the senses, which are themselves ideas and exist only in the mind, that the table we perceive can exist ...

(4 pages) 56 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

A brief description of habituation

tention to predictable and unchanging stimuli. This is habituation. For example, the first time you sense something, your brain will automatically pay more close attention to it, then every other time ...

(1 pages) 16 0 0.0 Feb/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Health & Medicine

Human body Sensory systems

they had been adapting to the sugar water and they got interrupted with regular tap water.Receptors sensed the taste of something in my mouth. My brain told me that it was a familiar taste and that ta ... something in my mouth. My brain told me that it was a familiar taste and that taste was sugar. The sense that was affect was gustation. There only has to be one gram of sugar in one million grams of ...

(3 pages) 54 0 4.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

Dreamland - Chap 1.

he floor with an eerie sparkling dance of light. "Where am I?" thought Jack. If only something made sense. Something that he would recognize.Still feeling a little lightheaded, a few of his senses had ... lood of memories came pouring in. They felt familiar, but it was happening too fast. Trying to make sense of what all these emotions meant to him, he was finding it more and more difficult to gain con ...

(3 pages) 17 0 0.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > Creative Writing > Poems & Short Stories

How far can we rely on the knowledge available to us through perception?

Perception is the knowledge we gain through our senses. This essay is to discuss the value of knowledge we get through hearing, feeling, seeing, sme ... these but one? We can be tricked in every one of these. Sight is probably one of the most important senses for many, but our eyes make us believe things that aren't really there when we're tired, sick ... gaining knowledge of the surrounding world.Feeling is probably the other favourite 'most important sense'. When you think of it this way, it is really difficult to understand that we get by with such ...

(2 pages) 35 0 3.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Sensation & Perception


(2 pages) 32 0 3.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

An Essay looking at Perception

e same with what the world is today, and is the same with bats perception of the world, its limited senses mean that is might be seeing things differently but real to it, but the senses it has to a mu ...

(1 pages) 66 1 4.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Sensation & Perception

Life Without Some Senses

What if I could only see and hear? That's hard to comprehend, due to the fact I have all five senses. It would be hard to imagine it now except if I were born without my five senses, then I woul ... orn without my five senses, then I would adapt to my environment. I wouldn't want to lose any of my senses. I would hate to lose my sense of touch, smell, and taste.It would be bizarre to not to be ab ...

(3 pages) 27 0 0.0 Dec/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

How Does it Feel: A Study in Sensory Perception

ons are the basic building blocks of perception. Perception is the process of organizing and making sense of our sensory input. Perception allows us to better interpret the information our sensory rec ... fferent sensory modalities exist independently. Scientists found it difficult to link specific skin senses to individual neural pathways; neither does the doctrine of specific nerve energies explain v ...

(5 pages) 106 0 5.0 Feb/2007

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Sensation & Perception

Analysis of D.H. Lawrence's 'Red geranium and Godly Mignonette'

tellectualism is in vain. The intellect cannot imagine what has not already been perceived with the senses. For Lawrence, sensual experience is more insightful into the nature of reality than the inte ... action is absurd in that it assumes an objectivity it can not attain, and in the process disregards sense-experience. As a result many judgements which made through the process of abstraction are erro ...

(6 pages) 28 0 0.0 Sep/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Adaptation and Sensory Perception

to our brains. They help us to interact with our environment. The sensory system is made up of five senses, which correspond to five sense organs. The five senses are vision, hearing, taste, touch, an ... s to interpret the smell as a danger (Wade & Tavris, 2006, p 184).Another example utilizing the sense of smell would be if you were not a smoker and started smoking. As a nonsmoker, you would be a ...

(5 pages) 126 0 4.3 Sep/2007

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Sensation & Perception

Lockes primary and secondary q

ary (real or original) quality, as something an object has within itself. Any other object need not sense these primary qualities in order for that object to really exist. This is because whether some ... obably come to mind of something very cold, smooth, and semi-transparent. Notice that these are all sense orientated, because that is what sticks out in the mind about a block of ice, our past percept ...

(5 pages) 20 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Descartes Vs Berkeley Perception

nd how each man came to these beliefs. Descartes came to the conclusion that he could not trust his senses due to the fact that they weren't totally reliable via a chain of reasoning that held nothing ... e via a chain of reasoning that held nothing as automatically 'true'. In spite of the fact that his senses were not completely reliable, the fact that they did sense something was proof enough that ma ...

(2 pages) 11 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy