Saturday, October 21, 2006

How can faith blind/impair our perception?

How can faith blind/impair our perception?

This question i thought might be good for what we're learning in class. People should be thinking about it.


RKadlec said...

Perception of what? Life? The world? A rabid Ann Colter?

Vvyynn said...

Or a rabid Annie Dillard. That would be frightening too. Also, I don't think my empty threats have reached you yet, so I'll make another one: I. I I I I I I. All I ask is that you capitilize I.

Anyhoo, insert comment here, I'll do it later.

Big E said...

Faith does not "blind/impair" our perception. According to TOK, Perception is what we actually sense with our five senses and how we analyse it. Faith does not impair this ability in anyway. If anything, faith helps this ability by giving us ways to interpret things that would other ways be bewildering. The fact is that faith does change the way we interpret the world, therefore it cannot "blind/impair" perception. It merely gives us another way to percieve.

devin said...

I see faith as not blinding perception, but most definitely impairing it through indoctrinated biases. Objective perception is "perception" in it's purest form, and we as human beings stray from that purity already with automatic judgments based on our environment and stimuli. Religion just throws another wrench in the works - it, as an institution, is based on conservative and steadfast beliefs. If something you perceive contradicts these beliefs, then you will force yourself to not perceive it in that way. This skewers any possible interpretations you could've gained from the perception. Does this make any sense?

Rachael said...

i think faith gives us something to believe in to keep us hoping and trusting that maybe the world isn't quite as bad as we have seen it to be and reminds us of the fairy tales fantasys of how we all believed the world should be. if we don't have faith in anything then what's the point of living? after all, in english we've been told by camus that there is no greater meaning to life. faith just gives us something to make our perception worth anything. to directly answer the question, no faith does not blind or impair our perception, it makes our perception worth something.

Big E said...

Okay Rachael, let me quote you for a moment.
"if we don't have faith in anything then what's the point of living? after all, in english we've been told by camus that there is no greater meaning to life."
Now, this is indeed what Camus said. But that is not the important point Camus was trying to make. The important point Camus was making was, in fact, that life was worth living, even without faith or meaning. I, as a person of little/no/irreverent/foolhardy faith, find this to be true as I, like Camus, feel no need to commit suicide.
To Devin: You claim that faith impairs our ability to perceive because it takes it farther away on objectivity. This is only based on your beleiefs that most faith based opinoins are wrong. But what if they are in fact the objective truth? Seeing as you have no way to prove this wrong, that means that faith can very well be the best way to assure us objective perception.

RKadlec said...

I agree with Vvynnnnnnniiii. You spell your name in about 23 different ways, my man.


laughingcorpse said...

If you straddle the world of belief there is no way for one to be burned by either blind faith or by naive aetheism

Cian said...

I think the answer this is trying to get at is a variant of mine, keep in mind I'm practically athiest so this might be a bit radical:

Humans try to align their knowledge with the capital T truth (the Purith term for the true existance that lies beyond perception) faith is simply another distorting bias that can cause our knowledge to stray on its path to the absolute reality. This is unless of course you do have the correct faith to align yourself properly with the absolute existence, in which case when your knowledge is processed with the consideration of your faith, the knowledge will automatically be put on the right track and any knowledge you do have will coincide 100% with absolute existence.

That is my overly radical take on the subject. Yes I know it's a bit hypocritical because a firm belief in no God is just as much a distorting factor as a firm belief in the existence of a God/Gods.

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