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Discussion on the Nature of Thought

Â?¢ Write a paper in which you explain the nature of thought.
â?¢ Outline your own perceptual process and describe the types of perceptual blocks that influence your views.
â?¢ Explain thought processes and how they are changed or manipulated by perception.
â?¢ Include the following in your paper:


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Dear Student,
The solution below should get you started. This is based on my own personal experience (as it has to be related to real-life action) therefore you should reflect on some event in your life and use it here to illustrate the point in your final paper. I can only provide examples of situations because you have not provided personal examples and your final solution must include them and only you know your own thoughts and actions. You can however use the examples provided as basis (see blocks to perception below). Good luck and thank you for using Brainmass.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Perception & Thought

Perception, also referred to as that process by which we human beings attain awareness or understanding of the reality set before us using sensory data/information is an important concept in understanding human cognition (thought, understanding, knowledge-creation) and is a special field of study in philosophy, psychology and of course, cognitive sciences. Proponents refer to cognition as an important part of the human chain of Reason, allowing us to 'Be', separating us a cut above other living thing/creature on the planet, giving us the ability to learn, to know and ultimately, to control. It is a broad topic and center on the two types of perception that we usually encounter as we live out our lives. Direct perception is a particular perception where the external world as experienced by the individual directly is the direct source of information, of sensory experience therefore perception, cognition is eventual, direct. It is not just a visionary experience - it is the entire collective of human senses working together - hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting, touching. When these senses come together to deliver information to the brain, in fractions of seconds the brain attaches meaning based on socialization and experience, associating information with memories, creating new perspectives and meaning. In Indirect perception, the source of perception is a mental simulation of the external world, and one therefore experiences the external world indirectly (i.e. watching TV, reading books that stimulate the imagination, listening to stories, etc.). Perception is seen as somehow just a corollary to actual reality as perception takes place in the mental process of secondary/made up/ contrived or constructed information and therefore the ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,426-word essay that discusses the nature of thought and perception using the experience of the author to illustrate examples. Blocks to perception and critical thinking is also discussed. the relationship of cognition, thinking, experience and knowledge is also illustrated via a reflective exercise. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing. References are listed to allow students room for further research.