Naive Realism: Is Seeing Believing?

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Jenny Vue vuexx256@umn.edu

Naïve realism is someone's belief from their perspective of the world. It is an everyday thing that people use. In other words, naïve realism is: what we see, we believe; it is similar to our common sense. For example, if you are playing a game of dodge ball, you would either be running around like crazy or standing there like a statue. However, once the balls begin heading for you, you would either doge the ball, like how the game was supposed to be played, or stand there and get smack with the balls. Furthermore, you may react to the balls as they hit you - like scream, turn away, or block - which you occasionally perform. Our perspective may be right at times, but it can be wrong.
It does not mean that naïve realism is bad, but in some cases our common sense can lead us to the wrong idea. For instance, a triangle and a square are displayed in front of you. It would be difficult to determine if their sizes are identical or not. On the other hand, when you measure them with a ruler, they are similar in size to one another. In this case, your common sense has misinterpreted the triangle and square's sizes. Although naïve realism can be risky sometimes, its precision is also incredibly effective.

This is a website that contains a brief summary of naive realism:
http://www.theoryofknowledge.info/naiverealism.html

I found this photo really amusing and easily interpret naive realism because each of them have their own aspect when thunder A and B strike.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0WforrCTJJ4/SeauACa7mhI/AAAAAAAAApc/GXvcmOw2B4s/s1600-h/relativity.png

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