Logic And Perception Essay

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AbstractHow do I proceed with my perceptional process? Included within is a personal view of logic and critical thinking. Also detailed is an example of a recent scenario where my perceptions were tested. Finally, I will explain what I have learned from this reflection.Logic and PerceptionIs our perception of an event the actual reality of that event? In answering this, we will look at the differences between logic and critical thinking as I see it.A few years back, I had taken a college course in logic. I enjoyed the computer programs designed to test the validity of statements and other technical aspects of the course. But I could see that although these were fun and challenging assignments, not much was going to aid me in decision making in the real world. An example would be, I have a son, and his name is Brian. Here is a boy who's name is Brian. Therefore, this boy must be my son. Unfortunately, this boy, although his name is Brian, is not my son. Using logic, I was able to formulate arguments properly, albeit in an abstract sense (Ikuenobe, 2001).A more practical use of thought processes would be more beneficial to me. Since my college course, I have read about different ways to improve thinking. One way in particular is to question. The ability to not take things for granted is a great way to find the reality of a situation. Questioning assumptions and generalizations breaks down a statement towards gaining the knowledge or data needed to make a solid decision. These decisions, based on questioning, are how I make most of my important life choices. To sum up my understanding of logic and critical thinking, I would say that logic is abstract thinking or thinking using proper technique in a vacuum (Ikuenobe, 2001). Critical thinking is the practical version, or thinking that involves my real life's events.When considering perception, I feel that it is like watching a movie trailer. You may have a very good idea of what the movie is about, but actually going to the movie is where you will find the reality of it. This is where critical thinking is so important. If we did not see the movie, then the trailer is all we have to go on. We can question other movie goers, read the critics, or watch previews on television to get "closer" to the movie's reality. But we still do not have the actual reality of the movie.So then, what is missing? In this case, detail or the actual twists and turns of the story. So our perception of the movie is not the actual movie. But as we train ourselves...

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