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Nature of Logic and Perception

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Nature of Logic and Perception

To be able to discuss what nature of logic and perception are, first we need to understand what they are. Logic is defined as the scientific study of the principles of reasoning. Perception by definition is the act, process, or result of perceiving. (Webster's II, 1998) In this essay, I am going to discuss how logic, perceptual process, and critical thinking are related and corresponded with each other.

The nature of logic as I understand it is the ability to distinguish good arguments from poor ones, and to rationalize those arguments with the truth through good reasoning. Critical thinking as I understand can guide me to make reasonable and intelligent decisions. It enables me to ask questions, to solve problems, think creatively, and communicate my ideas across clearly and effectively. Furthermore, critical thinking helps me to gain knowledge, and explore new ideas. In my opinion, logic closely relates to critical thinking because using good reasoning will enable me to make intelligent decisions and solve problems.

My perceptual process primarily influence by the environment that surround me, what I was taught to believe and the thing that I experienced. Based on all these things, my perception of the world is a stressful, loud, complicate, confuse, wonderful, beautiful, kind and glories place.

The type of perceptual block that influence my views is "stereotyping". I sometimes find myself stereotyping other people without realizing it. For example, when I see someone in a car driving too slowly in front of me, I automatically assume the driver is Asian. I think I acted that way because I was stereotyped. This preconceive notion instill in my mind that it is acceptable for me to stereotype others. I know is wrong, but is the human nature in me that I sometimes unable to avoid from happening. This generalization prevents me from thinking critically, whereas by using critical thinking it would have allowed me to overcome the obstacles that are in front of me. In addition, stereotyping prevents me from clearly seeing reality and for seeing people as they are.

For instance, there was a situation in my life where my perception of reality was far from the actual reality. Two years ago, prior to working at my current company, Jane was working at a company that my employer employs to manage our studies projects. She worked as the Project Coordinator that handled all my projects. Although we never met, I often corresponded with her through telephone and emails. Based on our telephone conversations I presumed that Jane was a young woman, immature and inexperienced. Whether we corresponded through phone or emails, she always seemed to be hurried or had no patience with me. Moreover, her emails were brief and the telephone conversation lacked in words.

In my mind, I thought Jane was not doing her job and did not take her job seriously because she did not get the information I had requested. There were times when I had to repeat my requests with her and that would frustrate me. I often complained to my boss about Jane. I told my boss that Jane was lazy, incompetent and she did not care about what she does, and was not fit to handle my projects. One day, my boss asked to meet with me and told me that Jane is interviewing for a position at our company. I was shock; nonetheless, that was not the bad news. The bad news was that Jane would be working closely with me as my counterpart. Furthermore, if Jane



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