I Found A Writing Prompt Instead Of A Woman Philosopher
“We perceive to learn, as well as learn to perceive.”
– Eleanor J. Gibson, a
Everything that can be noticed and noted with any sense is knowledge at its barest. This way, the presumption that both human and non-human living beings are capable of knowing becomes true, and the possibility of a universal language becomes true. Although much of knowledge exists through past experience, all potentially “known” things are rooted in what is originally sensed.
I’ll use an example to create a syllogism:
- This (knowledge) is perceived by the ears as being a certain object.
- The known object is believed, formed in the mind, because it was perceived aurally.
- Knowledge is a belief derived from sensory perception.
!!! *a eureka moment ensued here*
As I was writing this post and researching Eleanor Gibson, it made me think to eliminate my previously constructed preparation and conjure up another scenario, based on my recent false belief. This is very much a spur-of-the-moment action for me, but I am really interested to see where it will take me, so if my thoughts seem disorganized, keep in mind I am still thinking them as I press the Publish button. If they are impossible to discern, please let me know if the flow is too jarring:
I got really excited around 90 seconds prior to starting this paragraph, because as I inserted that quote into my post (it’s not even where I’d like to put it, but I’ll leave it there for effect), I concluded, after an extremely brief time period, that Gibson was a woman philosopher. Let’s see the premises that zapped through my brain, after I copy pasted her quote:
- I read with my eyes, on my philosophy midterm blog post draft, that Eleanor J. Gibson said “we perceive … learn to perceive”, which applies to my philosophy midterm.
- I believed it to be known because my eyes saw it.
- I believed that Gibson was a philosopher due to my perception of her quote (words and location).
Since It is retained both consciously (in a classroom setting, students are constantly thinking about what knowledge they are being given, what they have to know for that midterm assignment) and subconsciously (we do not realize or often pay much attention to what we notice if it does not have a significant effect on us – see info on hardwired human traits). The example above of recent thought process in my brain proves how perceptual knowledge is what happens most often in all of our minuscule thought-windows, and is therefore the most relevant for life and survival.