Type 2 Belief: Perception, Part 1


The act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.


My definition of perception: The mind’s attempt of interpreting its sensory inputs to form a useful model of the world in which one can impose its will.

Buster Benson finds that there are 5 types of perception: Cognitive Bias, Senses, Supersenses, explanatory and self.

Beliefs on Cognitive Bias

A cognitive bias refers to the systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion

Haselton, M. G.; Nettle, D. & Andrews, P. W. (2005).

To define cognitive bias in my own words, I would say ‘Cognitive bias: the mind’s natural inclination to interpret events in a manner independent of reality’

My Beliefs

  • It is effectively impossible to distinguish between a natural world and a Matrix-type simulation
  • It is convenient to assume the human perception is an honest, though heavily-skewed, interpretation of space-time.
  • Our senses were selected to provide ancient human the best chances of survival
  • My senses are not the best method for observation.
  • Human memory is inaccurate. The past we remember is a drawing, remade with each recollection.
  • Pattern recognition was developed in early humans to survive. It now drives humans to look for structure and order, even where none exist.
  • When presented the choice between familiarity or change, I am inclined to choose familiarity.

Beliefs on Senses

any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body


I describe senses as ‘Senses: mental inputs used that place which provide means of understanding ones physical surrounding.

My Beliefs

  • The five basic senses are a few of many
  • If a tree falls in the forest it does not make a sound. It causes vibrations in the surrounding medium. Those vibrations shake our eardrums and the mind interprets that as what we know as sound. Same with taste, smell, and external feeling (touch, hot, cold).
  • Personal feeling (pain, heart burn, sickness, intoxication) is the most true sensation. Other senses are easily confused with fact. Its easy for me to understand that a broken foot or a good buzz is a creation of my mind.
  • I am an island, I have no access to events or other people beyond conventional communication.


Beliefs on the Supernatural

  • God and/or gods may or may not exist
  • If there is a God, It may or may not be beyond the scope of human understanding.
  • If God does exist and loves us, it’s on It to prove it to me.
  • Belief in God is likely due to human pattern recognition.
  • Human instincts are defined by both culture and primitive human genetics.
  • Absolute Morals do not exist
  • I am uncertian of the existence of a soul.
  • When I use ‘soul’ in a sentence I mean “the part of the person that feels”.

Beliefs on the Time-Space


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