Compare and contrast the reliability of perception and reason as possible sources of knowledge. If they conflict, which would you trust?
Perception is something that can be defined as becoming aware of directly through any of the senses especially sight or hearing and to achieve understanding of something. Whereas reason is the action of constructing thoughts into valid arguments. People always unconsciously reason in their heads and it's also a way to achieve knowledge and understanding. Perception is active, selective and interpretative process of becoming conscious of the external worlds through sense experience, the experiences should be examined and critically evaluated. So if we rely on that for our source of knowledge, were more so relying on our brains that are trying to fill in a pattern to an unknown. Also not everything that we see is real, they are always different from others, like colour.
Perception doesn’t always have to do with the tangible things we see but also how our mind can alter them or trick us into thinking we see what we want to see. Perception can also be biased and perhaps trying to favour another, like a social cognitive response. However sense perception is not always reliable because there are fallibility of the senses. For example we may misinterpret what we have seen. Like any illusions or camera tricks. We may also fail to notice something. Also relying solely on the memory of the incident may confuse information of what we have seen. Reasoning in some ways can be better because it can give us certainty that perception can't. Reason is the most important source of knowledge and it can also be inductive or deductive so there are more ways to arrive to the conclusion rather then using your senses.
I would use reasoning to come to my conclusions and knowledge because at least I can gather substantial evidence to come to my way of knowing.