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PHI 103 Week 1 DQ Viewing Reality


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Viewing Reality. Read/view “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave,” the Stephen Brookfield Critical Thinkingvideo, and This is Water by David Foster Wallace video. 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 the Stephen Brookfield Critical Thinking video 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?

For this discussion, you are not required to make an initial post. However, if you see there are few initial posts, you are encouraged to begin a discussion thread. 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. This means that, in order to receive full credit, your first post must be completed by Friday at the latest (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday would satisfy the four day requirement). However, we encourage you to get into the discussion early in the week and begin interacting with your classmates and professor. Remember to post on at least four separate days during the week.  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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