Nature of Logic and Perception

Essay by effiong September 2006

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This paper will discuss the nature of Logic and Perception. It will discuss the meaning and the process of logic and perception as it relates to critical thinking, identify an instance in which my perception of a situation was far from the actual reality. The paper concludes with how my critical thinking process has changed.

In order to discuss what the nature of Logic and perception is, we need to know the definitions of both logic and perception. Logic is defined as the science or art of exact reasoning, or of pure and formal thought, or of the laws according to which the processes of pure thinking should be conducted; the science of the formation and application of general notions; the science of generalization, judgment, classification, reasoning, and systematic arrangement; correct reasoning. ( In other words the use of logic with our thinking allows us the ability to discern and reason logically whatever we are presented with daily.

This means that using logic we can distinguish good arguments from poor ones, and we can justify those arguments with truth through an unbiased view. Perception is defined as the act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apprehension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apprehension; cognition. This, I believe, is almost impossible because every individual possesses some form of stereotype or other perceptual block that inhibits certain facts from being revealed. (

It is difficult to change a person's perception on things. Especially if the way they think is due largely to the way the individual was raised. When we look at something, what we see appears to be all there is. However, perception is not limited to the physical act of seeing. It encompasses all the senses that are used...