WoK Badge: Sense Perception how reliable are your senses?

By Harry Le

Group: Divya, Katya, Preeti

Date: Jan 30 - Feb 7

Badge Title: WoK: Sense Perception

Project Title: Reliability of your senses

Progress Journals:

1/30/17 (first day to kick off the WoK Sense Perception chapter)

I was absent on this day. Although I did try to catch up with everyone by reading the book thoroughly. Hope I didn’t miss out too much!

2/1/17 (ideas and planning day)

Today, I discovered that we were supposed to do a project like an investigation in the form of an experiment, a game, a video or a presentation. After over 15 minutes of self-reading and silence, we finally came to the conclusion to make a game that tests our classmates of their sense perception. Preeti came up with this idea and she suggests that we test them with touch or smell, blind-folding them, disabling the most dominant sense of all. This is to test how everyone deals with the sensation and how they interpret them knowing that their sensations are not to be trusted.

2/1/17 (2) (end of ideas and brainstorming)

We decided on what to do with our project today, almost right away. What a start! We’re gonna test people’s perception through other senses other than sight. Question is kinda like this: (we’re still making adjustments)

How does the lack of vision affect sense perception?



We suspect that with the lack of vision, people will tend to rely more on their interpretation and will not rely on the sense information. Though I personally think this is a pretty easy topic to do, I have no objections because it’s interesting and I haven’t got the courage to speak up my mind yet. On Friday, we’ll do planning and see what objects we should use as the source of perceptive information for our contestants. It’s a game so there’s gonna be a prize and everybody will like it. Basically, we’ll gather data and determine what sense is the most reliable after vision and how our interpretations of the information shape the way we think of the world.

2/3/17 (Beginning of planning day)

Today, I hope we can have a clear vision of what our group is doing today. The journal from last time were just organizing and thinking of a presentative picture of the project. Since I’m normally quiet and Preeti and Dyvia usually do the talking, I’ll try to be extremely productive and actually thinking of ideas today. We weren’t very focused last class because I was distracted by my joy in getting an A on the quiz for the badge.

2/3/17 (2) (End of planning day)

We finished the plan today but we have an irritating problem. Our question started off with examining how different a perspective will be based on the interpretation with the lack of vision. But since we all have different interpretations of the world and objects, so the interpretations of the subjects could be different from what “we” as the group define the chosen object, it would make it useless to disable the sense of vision. How can we simplify it? With many factors involved such as accuracy in color, confidence in their guesses and the subject’s description about the object texture, etc, we should just focus on one variable (factor) and use it to answer the question, variables are too varying.

2/7/17 (Before presentation)

What is my personal goal for today? Make sure it’s personal.

With the project presentation due today, I wanna make sure that everything is ok and all the components of the project fits together. Even though it’s a group project and it should include the common goal of the project, I have my own goals and expectations and I want discover what does the difference in our interpretations have to do with all the sense perception thing. It’s a problem that we encountered last class but we have made that the main question we are seeking out to answer. For me personally, I want to see how ridiculous and funny the interpretations of the other groups of our “stuff”.

2/7/17(2) (End of class after project presentation)

What did I learn today? Ohhhhh

Personally, I think the experiment was quite ridiculous after we have done it, I was quite disappointed when the results didn’t turn out as we thought it was supposed to so I didn’t have much to talk about because I was going to make sense of the results that we had. If there was one thing I could have changed, that would be to use the fuzzy ball keychain instead of the pasta for the experiment. Maybe that way we could have gotten more interesting results and talk more about it. It was awkward for me to present because my part was cut off and I had to make things up that doesn’t make sense.

Journal entry answering the Essential Question:

2/7/17: To the question "To what extent do you agree with the following claim: 'All knowledge begins with sense perception'?", I think that only a small portion of our knowledge is formed by sense perception, it's our rationalization, reasoning and interpretation of those information that shapes the world. Or else, we wouldn't have been so susceptible to deception and lies. If whatever was in front of us was all that we can see, humans will not have survived until nowadays.

Journal answering the Elective Reading:


After having a peaceful and relaxing time outside and comparing the "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" to what I have observed, it came to me that not everything that I see is the way it is. There should be a lot more information that our senses give us yet most of us sees the world in bits of information such as what is that thing, what is it color but not how does it taste and smell like.

How does the structure and arrangement of human sense organs determine what we know as reality? Related to the Spermwhale's Head elective reading

Very interesting! The way our humans have evolved to perceive the world to the fullest compared to all other animals affects our reality tremendously. Our ears can only listen to a limited range of frequency, so we are limited to perceive a limited range of wavelengths and therefore cannot sense the vastness of the world, which is why most people have the image of a world to be a small place comparative to their own size. Also, our eyes can only see a limited range of electromagnetic wavelengths that occupies only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. There could be some other particles out there in the universe emitting wavelengths that machines have yet to be able to detect and we couldn't see it because of how our eyes are created.

Planning Document

Question: To what extent is our understanding of the world shaped by the presence of the sense of vision?

To what extent can we trust our sense of sight?

Problem: our interpretation of an object may not be similar to the interpretations of the other people in the class who are a part of our experiment because we all perceive things in different ways

Hypothesis: The lack of vision will cause the subjects to misinterpret the object they are touching or tasting due to a modification in their sense perception.


Explain the motive of the experiment and the initial hypothesis to the class.

Choose four people to volunteer to be the subjects in the experiment.


Ana’s fuzzy ball lanyard thing

Cooked spaghetti without sauce

Do the experiment

Divide the class in 8

One group for touch

Four of the eight are blindfolded

Four of the eight are not blindfolded

Analysis: Based on the scale, we will assess how different the interpretations of our subjects are compared to

We’re planning to conduct an experiment in class with people in our class being the “subjects” of the experiment. There will a control group which will not be blindfolded, and a control group which will be blindfolded. we will give each group an opportunity to touch a certain object and taste a different object. Then, we will collect the results of what each person in the group believes the object/food to be and then lead a mini-discussion of why our hypothesis/question may have/have not been affected due to the presence or lack of vision, and how this relates to how we perceive and interpret sensory data.

Present Tuesday

Link to presentation slides: https://docs.google.com/a/thevillageschool.com/presentation/d/15UsHnErbfB1lux6A7NJfVunQLTAVLrRsozz62vWT7kY/edit?usp=sharing


Extension Proposal

Extension Proposal

Reason to add this to the ToK Badge Document:

The TED Talk is about how our brain and the eye (sense) sees the world and perceive, interpret it with the information it's been given. The concept of figure-ground perception is explained and followed in this video. I felt like a lot of people in my class and other classes because they didn't understand what figure-ground perception is, and this would give them at least the basic idea of how to think of it since the term itself is misleading.

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