Way to an Objective Perception

Ram Bansal By Ram Bansal, 13th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/14ivdygm/
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An object is normally viewed to be what the viewer perceives about it. This is called a subjective perception about the object. Ideally speaking, an object must be perceived objectively without any subjectivity of the viewer.

Subjectivity is Unavoidable

An object is normally viewed to be what the viewer perceives about it. This is called a subjective perception about the object. Ideally speaking, an object must be perceived objectively without any subjectivity of the viewer. But irony of perception is that it can never be without subjectivity of the perceiver, as no person can block his/her self totally and in every perception, this self of the person plays an important role. In-spite of intervention of the self, it is still possible to have a largely objective perception of a thing or event.
Elsewhere, in a scientific discovery about image formation in a mirror, I have shown diagrammatically that an image of an object placed in front of a mirror is subject to the viewer's eye without which it has no existence. The image is created by the viewer's vision and not by the mirror. Therefore, eliminating subjectivity with a single viewpoint is impossible to achieve. Hence, one way of an objective perception is to develop the perception through many different views.

Slackening Subjectivity

Self of a person has a particular angle of view about any subject under consideration. Perception of the person with this viewpoint is highly subjective. If we perceive the thing or the event with a different angle of view, the subjectivity of perception gets slackened. But even this perception may be subject to someone else close to the person and biasing the person’s perception. For an objective perception, even such a perception is not acceptable.
For a purely objective perception, the thing or the event must be viewed from all possible angles. Then, adding all the perceptions from different angles of views gives the objective perception. Let try this through an experimental model.

A Physical Model of Perception

Let there be an object placed on a table at the center of a room, and let the observer located at one place and viewing the object from his/her particular angle. Naturally, his/her present perception is subject to his/her particular location angle with respect to the object and does not give a complete view of the object. That is why, an individual’s unitary perception is always subjective.
Now, let the person relocate him/herself at different angles again and again all around the object and perceive the object with each angle and then sum up all his/her perceptions. The sum total of all the perceptions gives a complete picture of the object without any influence of the particular observer's subjectivity.
Another way of getting the objective perception through summing perceptions from many possible angles is to get opinions of various persons with varied subjectivity and backgrounds and then compiling all the viewpoints. This may be done through a round table conference with the issue at the center.

The Objective Perception

What is true for a physical view of an object and its subjectivity/objectivity as stated in the above experiment, is true for abstract consideration of philosophical questions too. Perceiving a thing or an event from all possible viewpoints and compiling a sum of all the perceptions makes the perception free from subjectivity of individuals and hence the perception becomes totally objective.
This also underlines a fact that objective perception is nothing but sum total of subjective perceptions from many angles and viewpoints. This way, the summation of various viewpoints cancels out individual subjectivity and the viewpoint becomes objective. Thus, the route to the objectivity passes through subjectivity only, confirming my initial view that the subjectivity always plays an important role, like here, even in objective perception.


Bias, Mind, Objective, Perception, Self, Subjective

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author avatar Ram Bansal
An Engineer in the wonderland of Authorship, principally for authoring eBooks. My writings principally focus on psychology, Indian politics, philosophy, health and happiness in routine ways.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Jun 2015 (#)

This is not my cup of tea indeed, but I sometimes wonder how people can think of subjects like psychology and complexity of mind...

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author avatar Ram Bansal
14th Jun 2015 (#)

@Md Rezaul Karim, Psychology and other studies of mind are best taught through study of thoughts of the self and their working. That way, we all are close to Psychology.

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