Strengths and Weaknesses of Sense Perception

Sense perception is the active, selective and interpretive process of recording or gaining knowledge and becoming conscious of our outside world. It includes our 5 senses: touch, smell, sight, sound and kinesthetic awareness. The problems with using sense perception is that at times it limits and filters human knowledge. Our brain takes in information through our senses. It’s trained to block out things that we don’t need. Or even things that we do need but don’t realize it.
For example, while we are working hard, we can hear slightly the conversation between people nearby. We hear, but we don’t fully understand because our brain is focusing on something else. Our senses are very fragile and can be damaged easily. For example, our hearing can be damaged by extensive use of loud music. As humans, we often develop a bias. Because of this we cannot rely on sense perception. We compare the information we are taking in with our past experience. Examples of sense perception as a weakness include:our senses do not develop to our full potential, for example: a dog can hear frequencies from 40Hz to 60KHz. The range of frequencies humans can hear only go up to 20KHz.
Secondly, we can only smell things if they have a strong smell, animals such as sharks can smell their prey from hundreds of meters away. The strengths of sense perception include the ability to recall our past experiences. Our past experiences can always be reinterpreted in the future. For example, if we accidentally burn ourselves by touching a hot kettle, it will be in our nature to be careful next time when handling hot objects. Some may argue that this is still a limiting factor, but others disagree as you can easily overcome it later. Secondly, language barriers can easily be overcome by sense perception. It takes time, effort and motivation.
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