Hundreds and thousands of philosophers have been working on creating a clear and understandable model of the world around them.Undoubtedly, this process is endless and as soon as any purely computational picture appeared, it would promptly become a part of another model (mythology, scientific theory, ideology, someone’s world out look etc.) In other words, it would be absorbed by more complicated and complete model. While philosophers and other scientists keep on broaden their horizons, other individuals are doing it in their own way. (Mosser, 2011).
Informal logic appears to be the most efficient way to make the process easier, as it’s a powerful tool to go outside the formal thinking. Formal way of thinking as well as the traditional view on the world around us is what the human kind has gained and what is most of us are accustomed to. However, informal logic let us lap over the standard limits and, thus, enlarge our vision of the world, as we do not cancel what we have gained, but broaden our knowledge.
But the most important thing about the logic class for me was not its impact on the human’s world model, but the possibility to implement what I’ve learned to my everyday’s life. I realized that life is logical, and logic is vital. Logic laws are common for all the people, therefore knowing those laws let us understand fully various aspects of life and other people’s behavior. Naturally, logic gives the power to convince, which I consider the most important applied feature of logic. As a result, we gain self-confidence and start making right decisions based not on in tuition, but on logic which seems more reliable.
Without knowing the basic rules of inductive and deductive reasoning, we won’t be able to provide sufficient arguments to convince our listeners and, the opposite, will fail to establish someone’s incorrect reasoning.
With no doubt, logic is a applied science which helps not only to explain how the world around us works, but also to understand what the world is. (Douglas, 2008).
Douglas, N. (2008). Informal logic: A pragmatic approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mosser, K. (2011). An introduction to logic. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.