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Nature of Logic and Perception

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According to the American Heritage dictionary, the definition of Logic is "the study of the principles of reasoning, especially of the structure of propositions as distinguished from their content and of method and validity in deductive reasoning". It also says that logic is "valid reasoning." I believe that logic and critical thinking are closely related in that logic is used in the process of thinking critically. Perception, as stated in the American Heritage dictionary, is "the process, act, or faculty of perceiving". Perceiving is to become aware through any of the senses.

I think that a lot of my behavior or actions are driven by my feelings or attitudes. An example would be if I were feeling angry my action could be to yell at the person I was angry with. I think that my feelings or attitudes are driven by my beliefs. I come from a dysfunctional family, like most of us I guess (assumption), and my mother was the primary care giver in our home. I have seven brothers and sisters however I was raised with my two youngest sisters so I was the oldest in the house. My older brother is thirteen years older than me and my older sister is just one year old than me. Growing up, I had some a few good memories of my older brother, but I had no memories of my older sister. Actually I should say that I have no visual memories of my sister. My mother told me stories of my sister. The weird thing is that growing up, it seemed like she had this long relationship with here, but in reality it was only a little over a year. After I was born, my mother separated from her husband and lost custody of her daughter and never saw her again until recently when my youngest sister found her. Boy that was an Oprah story! Anyway, the reason I bring all this up is because my perceptions growing up regarding my mother's life were full of pain. I blamed myself for the loss of my sister. As a child I viewed myself as less than, not good enough, and not worthy of much. I think the biggest reason was the fact that I never knew my father and the fact that my mother was white and my father was black.



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