Elyssa Bernardino Philosophy 6 What is Truth
What is Truth?
Truth is something that can be proved in any way, for example if someone said that they
knew all dogs will die if they eat chocolate, then they would have to have a way to prove that statement to anyone. They could use scientific studies that they did or possibly have multiple occasions where different breeds of dogs were found dead after eating chocolate. In order to say something is true, there must be a way to prove that it is true. Most people rely on science to prove something is true, but science isn’t always the case. Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it. For instance, if someone was being accused of committing a murder the quickest way to prove they are not guilty is video proof that they were somewhere else at the time. Investigators are very suspicious and untrusting of people during murder cases. Yet, if a suspect provides a video of them at work during the time of the murder, then what that person is saying is proven to be true.
Knowledge is something that is acquired by experience, such as trial and error which give
people knowledge on situations and problems. Babies do not have all the knowledge of everything in the world yet, that is why they must be watched at all times because they will test everything. Babies use trial and error with all sorts of things that are new to them, such as trying to eat cleaning supplies or touch things such as fire. They do not learn it is bad to do these things until their parents tell them not to do it numerous times or they get hurt by doing these actions. They gain knowledge as they get older by now knowing that these actions are proven to not be good for them.
I believe there are hidden truths behind the way that everyone has been taught to perceive
reality. The way everyone generally looks at the world is simply black and white, such as when someone drives a car they do not realize how much energy and how hard their brain is working while they are simply driving a car. The underlying truth is our brain is making connections and using different parts of itself in order for us to be able to maneuver, keep ourselves in the lines, keep the speed, and know where we are going. It has been proven through scientific studies that our brains work very hard even while we do everyday activities, yet not many people consider these truths that have been proven while they are participating in the activity. I would define these truths as hidden due to the fact that not many people are aware of the complexity of the brain and how it must work throughout our daily lives.
Sensory perceptions play a huge role when proving something is true and finding out the
truth. People use their vision for knowing most things to be true, seeing is believing is a large contributor to using the sensory perceptions. I believe that vision is a major component when proving something to be true.
Language is a key component in explaining truth and giving clear examples of it. Without
language we would have to use other sensory perceptions in order to know what the truth is. Instead of using our hearing and seeing, many people would most likely have to figure out the truth first hand. The way certain things are worded can also make something contradict itself such as, someone could say fire is bad and then say it is good because it cooks our food. It is important to word things the right way in order for no one to be confused on what the truth really is.
Yes, certain things are true no matter where you are in the world, such as if you run into a
fire you will get burned, or if you go underwater for 1 hour without coming up for air you will drown. Even if someone is not aware of these consequences they are still certain to happen if they partake in these actions. No matter what, these results will happen every single time and this has been proven time and time again.
Truth is not objective, it is very much subjective by many people and their beliefs. Some
people let their emotions get in the way of what is true and try to claim that unproven belief as the truth. Some people see dogs as dangerous and vicious animals, they claim that all dogs are this way. That statement is not proven to be true, it is based on their own personal experience with certain dogs. In my opinion there are mean dogs, but not all dogs are dangerous creatures, this is a truth that can be proven with research of dogs and their behavior. In court cases people let their bias against either the defendant decide what they believe to be the truth. Objectivity is when there is no bias, when there is no factor that persuades the truth emotionally. Subjectivity is the opposite of that, it is when emotion decides which way you decide, it makes a bias.
Some subjects are not able to be proven true scientifically, such as religious views. There
is no scientific way to prove that there is a God, yet people still believe it is true he exists. There are many factors about God that no one can scientifically prove, such as if he is really a man, does he really watch over us, many scientists do not believe God to be true because you can not scientifically prove it. This religious belief that God exists is true due to subjectivity, it is based off of emotion, and this makes it true to people even though it can not be scientifically true. Religious faith stumps many people on whether or not it is true yet, many people continue to follow these beliefs although there is no true proof of it being real.