The Nature of Logic to Critical Thinking.

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The nature of logic and its relation to critical thinking is very profounding. It is important to understand how people think and make the unknown number of decisions everyday. "If people do not understand the workings of the brain, if they cannot enter its inner sanctum and unfold its mystery, then how can they define thinking?" (Thinking, 1999) What causes the perceptions that are created?

Logic works as a guide through the critical-thinking process. Logic forces people to think about the out come of certain propositions before they ask a question. Until a beneficial question is discovered it is impossible to start the critical thinking process. Critical thinking involves asking many questions. To accomplish a successful resolution, it is required to ask the right questions. Asking the wrong questions and then following through with supporting them would be foolish, unfocused, and illogical. For example, if someone wanted to discover the meaning of "logic," they would probably look in the Dictionary or Thesaurus.

The Thesaurus would give provide a close meaning through similar word comparison, but the Dictionary would provide an exact definition. Choosing the dictionary will aid in starting the critical-thinking process by taking in information and analyzing it.

Most of the time people do not realize the logic reasoning that goes into critical thinking. Logic acts as a guide through the critical thinking process and continues to guide when the thought process is finished. For instance, when a conclusion is made of an analysis and a clear understanding of the information is obtained it is often asked if the resolution supports the topic. This is logic. To include "yes" and "no" answers many times reflects on logic.

Our perception of situations is received visually and audibly, and through the perceptual process people develop an inner reality. Many factors come...