Phl458 Week One

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Week One Assignment
A situation in which critical and creative thought result in a better outcome is in a case of a pet owner that owns a dog that frequently escapes from the house. In this situation there is no fence along the front of the property to keep the dog on the premises when it should happen to get out inadvertently. The use of creative thinking leads to several solutions such as the use of an electronic fence, installing a rigid fence, or dog training. Through critical thinking the list of pros and cons for each solution are listed and analyzed to determine the most economic, effective, and practical solution. Economically the electronic fence is the least expensive approach. The rigid fence may be the most effective and require the least amount of time training the dog. Dog training may be the most inexpensive, however would be the most time-consuming and least practical solution. It is important to think critically and creatively when solving similar situations to maximize results for time and money invested as well as the wellbeing and safety of the dog. The thought process is made up of free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion. These terms are defined as: - free will: “voluntary choice or decision.” ("www.merriam-webster.com", 2013) - truth: “what is so about something, the reality of the matter, as distinguished from what people wish were so, believe to be so, or assert to be so” (Ruggiero, 2009,p. 27) - knowledge: “the fact or condition of being aware of something” ("www.merriam-webster.com", 2013) -opinion: “a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter” ("www.merriam-webster.com", 2013) As people process the images, words or ideas passed from a sender the mind decodes the message while applying these principles to form the thought.

Three hindrances to the critical thinking process are conformity, stereo typing, and resistance to change. According to Ruggiero (2009) The key to overcoming the bad habits we have...
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