Haley our senses without doubt. When entering a deep

Haley Lamprich

Philosophy 100W

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Descartes Meditation #1

            For someone that has viewed the
world through their senses for their whole life, it is challenging to doubt
such an idea. How can you doubt something that you have learned from and relied
on for the majority of your life’s decisions? Many have also been deceived by
these senses but that doesn’t stop us from believing that our senses are true. In
this paper, I will argue that Descartes was wrong to claim that we should doubt
our senses; once we consider our senses from sleeping to being awake and that
we can learn from our senses, it’s clear that we can have faith from our senses
without doubt.

            When entering a deep sleep, we enter
a new and different world. It can almost seem just as real and vivid as the
world we are in when we are awake. These two realms can be distinctly different
but there are some aspects that overlap each other. These aspects include; our
ability to witness events, and being able to recognize other people. Being
awake we have the ability to see events and recognize people are under our
control, but that is not always the case when we are asleep. Our perceptions
are misled when we are asleep, even though we believe that they are true. Shouldn’t
we be able to believe our senses since it can be distinctly easy to define which
stage we are in or not? According to Scientific American, our brains undergo a
change when we are asleep than awake. There are many stages to sleeping, but
the most common stage is where REM (rapid-eye movement) happens. While we are
in REM this is where we start to dream and go into an alternate reality. When
we are at this stage, our brains are extremely active and our bodies become
paralyzed. Therefore, we can tell if you are sleeping or not. While you are
dreaming your perceptions are distorted because of the fact that you are
paralyzed.

 

            Being able to determine whether you
are sleeping or wide awake then it should be fairly simple to believe our
senses. We have learned from our senses for our entire lives, it would be hard
to doubt it. Would you question that the door across the room is not actually
there even though you walked through it no more than 10 minutes ago? It is our
nature to not question something that looks and seems to be there. Our brains
have a hard time accepting the reality that what we can see and touch cannot be
in existence. Humans learn a lot from their senses; for example, if you touch
the stove that is on your hand would feel pain and you would remove your hand from
the stove immediately. Therefore, you would learn to not touch the stove when
it is on in order to not burn your hand again. If we didn’t have our senses to
base our knowledge off of how would know that the stove is hot to the touch
when it is on? Having our senses deceive us would make us damage our bodies
without our knowledge. Our senses are almost always true. It is just up to our brain
to interpret that stimulus. In some cases, we can be deceived by them but that
doesn’t mean that our senses are wrong and we shouldn’t rely on them.