CT Journal: Write at least ten sentences
summarizing something you know (or have learned, or believe) to be
true about thinking.
The discussion held in class concentrated on the elements of thinking. Thinking is a very complex process that, before this class, I had never thought much about. We discussed different kinds of thinking, such as critical thinking and creative thinking. We touched on the different steps of the thinking process and which types of thinking come from which side of the brain. We also talked about how your attitude and your past experiences can influence the way that you think. I believe that the way you react to the world and the people around you, greatly affects what and how you think.
The majority of our thoughts come from observations of the outside world. We observe something using a sense, such as touch or sight, and use the thought process to draw a conclusion about the subject. From the moment we were born, this has been a huge aspect of our lives, observing and inferring. However, each person may interpret things differently. Say you were conducting an experiment and two people were blindfolded and told to touch a leaf. The conclusions that these two people draw based on their sense of touch could be completely different.
When analyzing something that we believe to be unfamiliar, we often associate this "thing" with a more familiar entity. This is where our reactions to the world become so important. The way that you view the world often reflects the ways in which you associate different things with each other. For example, a place that my family often vacations at is Lake Tahoe. To me, Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Therefore, each time I read a story or a poem that is set at a beautiful Lake, I envision Lake Tahoe. My vision of Lake Tahoe may not be what it truly looks like, but it is the way that I view it.
The way in which we react to the outside world can also greatly affect how we feel about something we see, read, or write about. All of us have feelings towards certain things. Perhaps you had a big fight with a friend at a specific place or you fell and skinned your knee when running up the stairs at the track. Each time you encounter these places, your brain brings up memories that conjure up the feelings associated with that place. Or if you are reading a poem and something in a poem reminds you of that fight you had with your friend, the way you feel towards the poem is affected by your past experience.
Thinking is a major part of our lives that we often take advantage of. It is what makes us "intelligent life". We react to different things in different ways because of our ability to feel something and then continue to associate that feeling with a subject for an extended amount of time. Say you disliked your Chemistry teacher. Whenever you thought of Chemistry, you would recall the unpleasant teacher and the feelings that you have associated with him or her. To every reaction there is an equal action or, more appropriately, an action of thinking.