Critical Thinking and Perception    


Critical Thinking and Perception

Thomas M. Joyner

University of Phoenix

Critical Thinking and Perception

What is real?  Our perception of reality is often a product of the environment in which we live. In general, we formulate ideas of reality based on our own experiences as well as the experiences of the people around us.  Our lives are influenced constantly by our surroundings. I truly believe that perception is a learned skill and not instinctive.  Outside of our communities, television, radio and movies sculpt our perception of the outside world.

I can remember when I was just turning eighteen years old and was about to join the United States Army.  I was not sure if this was the best thing for me in regards to my future.  All I could think about at the time were all the military movies that I have seen.  With movies like Full Metal Jacket and Rambo, it was difficult not to be a little bit nervous.  At that point in time my entire perception of the military was based on these movies.  I was convinced that all Drill Instructors were cruel and in-humane individuals whose sole source of enjoyment in life was to torment new recruits.  After what seemed like several lifetimes, my father finally convinced me to enlist and the rest, as they say was history.  

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Now in order to truly understand how warped my perception was, I need to explain some things.  First off, when I was young I do not recall ever leaving the city of Lexington.   We rarely left our side of the city because my father always worked and never had much free time.  The outside world to me was only the things that I saw on television or movies and  read or heard on the radio.  So imagine the thoughts in my head when this recruiter knocks on my door dressed in his uniform, and telling me how much I ...

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