David Hume and Thomas Reid are among great philosophers who have contributed to the idea of the operations of our senses, the explanation of their existence and validity, and the existence of objects independent of human perception.
Hume proposes that the existence of objects is only through our sense of perception, and not otherwise. Hume and Reid are seem to be opposing in their primary ideas and arguments, and are more dissimilar than similar in their propositions. Hume disowns the belief that distinct objects exist outside of our perceptions and claims them as mere ideas and impressions, hence their unreliability and invalidity. Reid claims that the physical experience that one object makes one feel, as in a knife cutting a hand and causing one to bleed, is a good enough proof that material objects exists independently and have the power to overpower us. Hume also seem to assume the correlation of cause and effect and refute the element of reason to support the belief in material objects, but Reid believes that everything starts with the minutest assumptions without which any philosophy can never arise.
Hume seems to be inclining towards a deductive analysis in the refutation of the belief of material distinct objects, whereas Reid relies in the objective perception and the physical experience of sentient beings with material objects. Both have compelling arguments and propositions, but a thorough analysis of both is required through a broader plane and influential factors, which is out of the scope of this paper. Reid provides definitive conclusions about the existence of distinct objects through perceptive and sensual connection, the same instruments which Hume eliminates in his deductive analysis. It remains a question mark about the overpowering of one on the other, but both remain powerful tools and knowledge providers in the science of sensations, perceptions, and the belief in the existence of material objects independent of human existence.