Essay about Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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HUM 101 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving-B1 Midterm
11/4/2011
1. In your own words, explain the 3 stages of knowing and use a sample situation to show how people in each of the 3 stages would respond to it. Be sure that you both explain each stage in general terms and then explain how each example fits that stage. Do not say that kids are Stage 1, teens are Stage 2, and adults are Stage 3; that’s too simplistic and also inaccurate.

The three stages of knowing are essentially the various ways in which one views their environment before achieving the ability to think critically. One does not pass through these stages sequentially; rather, the stages may be revisited as a person’s ability to think critically regresses and
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Be sure not to get confused about this.)

Three factors that affect perceptions are age, religion, and background and family. These are just a few of many factors that determine individual perceptions but, in general, perception is based on one’s own personal experiences. Age can have an effect on the spectrum of one’s perception in that perception comes from experience. For instance, a fifty-year-old will typically perceive time much differently than a teenager will. Throughout my life, I can recall being told that time goes by faster as we get older. I am now twenty-eight and I am amazed at just how true that is for me as well as most of the adults that I talk to about this apparent fact of life. I believe that this is due to, at least for me, the way in which my perception of time has changed over the years. As a child, I could not wait for anything; I couldn’t wait for Christmas, summer vacation, my birthday, anything. I think that my complete lack of patience made time drag on. I remember each spring seemed to last forever as I anticipated the last day of school before the freedom of summer, only to have summer itself go by in a flash. As I grew older, my patience grew as well and I became better able to live in the present instead of always longing for the future. Now, I enjoy each day more which makes those days go by that much faster, what a paradox! Religion has a very strong

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