Do We Believe What We Perceive or Do We Perceive What We Believe
Do We Believe What We Perceive or Do We Perceive What We Believe

Do We Believe What We Perceive or Do We Perceive What We Believe

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“We sense something, perceive it, and then believe it.” This sounds logical, however there’s another idea contrary to this which sounds as logical as this one: “We believe things, pretend to sense it, then we perceive it.” It’s hard to decide which one is more accurate because circumstances are effective.Assume that here is a man who is instinctively afraid of dogs. When a dog looks directly at him, he thinks that the dog didn’t like him, so it may bite him. As he believes that the dogs are wild animals, he doesn’t see the excitement and love in the dog.

He perceives the dog as a danger. But another man, who loves dogs, does not have the same attitude. He sees the swinging tail, which shows the excitement, love and energy of the dog. He perceives the dog’s astonishment. Here, the belief effects the perception.Now assume a woman (let’s call her Ann) whose friend Jemma tells (gossips) her that her husband Andy is cheating on her.

Until that day, Ann doesn’t perceive the women around Andy as a danger for their marriage. She sees them and thinks that they’re Andy’s friends from work, or old friends from the school years or so. She doesn’t bother them. Not until Jemma tells her that gossip, does she perceive those women as enemies.

Again, in such a situation, belief affects the perception.Also in medic

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ine, it is said that complex diseases couldn’t be cured unless the patient didn’t believe that he/she could get better. Similar to this, Alvin Toffler says: “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” ; furthermore, John Sculley comments: “The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.”, which are different ways of saying “Believing is the halfway towards success.

Let’s say you don’t believe that solids expand when they’re heated. When you watch an experiment in which the iron ball passes through the ring when it’s at room temperature but cannot pass when it’s heated, you see that it didn’t pass (sensation), examine it and perceive that it expanded, therefore you believe in the theory of expansion.As a conclusion, there are times when believing affects perceiving, and when perceiving affects believing. The roles of these two change according to different situations.

Belief is dominant in religious concepts whereas senses and experiences are dominant in scientific events. Furthermore, the characteristic of the person may well be effective on this concept. Some people have strong beliefs whereas some can change their minds easily. That’s the human nature; who can say the opposite?

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