The Bridge to Knowledge: JKelly

Locke and Hume have two conflicting views of what makes us humans. I will focus on John Locke’s view of humans, mostly because I agree with his thought process and ideas. To sum up Locke’s argument, the mind is a blank slate in the beginning and through our experiences we create ideas and in turn, we create perceptions.

To me, this idea seems realistic. It means our ideas and perceptions of the world are learned through our experiences. These perceptions shape us as humans–they explain who we are. Does this suggest if we do not experience a variety of things our perceptions will be limited? If I experience as much as I can and go as far as I can will I have more ideas and greater perceptions of the world? This only makes sense with Locke’s explanation. The more I experience, the more my perceptions change into new perceptions.

This photograph tries to capture not only the views of Locke–experiences create the perceptions that shape us as humans–with the Island being a blank slate for us to create anything we can perceive. The bridge represents knowledge and our ideas learned through our experiences. Our unlimited perceptions can be seen as the ocean, with your perceptions and the waves of the ocean changing all the time. This photograph represents Locke’s view of the endless possibilities our mind can experience.

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