graphic above illustrates that LOGIC takes place primarily in the LEFT-FRONT
region of the cerebral cortex. The cortex is the thinking part of the
brain. The LEFT side uses language as a system for storing and sorting
information. So thinking on the left side is sequential, systematic
and objective. The FRONT part of the left brain takes data from the
back partinformation such as names, numbers and definitionsand
draws logical conclusions.
example, when you consider the words "chair" and "table,"
you know they're related. They're both part of the larger concept of
is the mindframe of problem solving. It enables you to:
Analyze the significance of data
trends in facts and information
research using scientific methods
a new assumption
of a reason why something happens
which formula or principle applies to a given situation
a future event based on a cause-and-effect principle
conclusions based on evidence
evidence to verify whether a conclusion is supported by the facts
a proven principle as a guideline
data to compare the pros and cons of several options
critical judgment to decide what to do
a goal to fulfill a purpose
a strategy to achieve a goal
an action plan to implement a strategy
is concerned with "connecting the dots" step by step to make
sense of information. When you think about the measurement, "3
degrees below zero," you compare it to other measurements and your
personal experience. Using logic, you reason that this is a cold temperature,
cold enough to cause ice and snow.
seeks the answers to questions such as, "Is this realistic?"
"Why did this happen?" and "How does this work?"
For instance, a friend tells you that if you always turn off the engine
of your car at stoplights, you can improve your gas mileage. You decide
to test the technique. You already know that your car has been averaging
31.5 miles per gallon. After two months of calculating your mileage,
your new average is 30.5 miles per gallon. You decide that your friend
was wrong. This conclusion is the result of logical thinking.
is a key mindframe for engineers, doctors, lawyers, legislators, planners,
and programmers. The ability to reason is also crucial to conducting
scientific research, managing money and writing reports. It allows you
to apply principles and solve problems. When you examine evidence and
draw conclusions, the knowledge you gain is grounded in reality.
instances show the logical part of your mind at work, performing critical
and intellectual thinking tasks. What role does the LOGIC mindframe
play in your thinking?
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