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Respond to the Discussion of Viewing Reality

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theStephen Brookfield Critical Thinking video, andThis is Water by David Foster Wallacevideo.
Ask yourself, “Is there a difference between my perception of reality
and reality itself?” Respond to this question while considering the
following:

  • What preconceptions do I have in my life that
    might distort my vision of reality (i.e., create cognitive biases)? To
    help guide your thinking, consider how Dr. Stephen Brookfield’s
    preconceptions distorted his vision of reality in theStephen Brookfield Critical Thinkingvideo or think about the situation of the prisoners in the cave or Wallace’s analysis of the supermarket.
  • What are steps I can take to overcome my distorted vision so that I might learn to understand more about the world?
  • Who has enhanced my knowledge of reality?  
  • Who has manipulated my mind in relation to reality?  
  • How can I break free from the bonds of those who seek to manipulate me?

You
must post to this discussion on at least four separate days of the week
and your posts must total at least 600 words as you address the
questions noted above. Your first post must be completed by Day 3
(Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day 7
(Monday).  You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point
during the week.  Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and
instructor.  Try to attempt to take the conversation further by
examining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the
posts that they make to you.  Keep the discussion on target and try to
analyze things in as much detail as you can.
 

Guided Response:Review
your classmates’ posts. Reply to your classmates by offering
suggestions for how they can overcome a distorted vision of the world
and be confident in their understanding of reality.

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