chapter  4
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Factors that Shape Logic

Logic is the art of reasoning. It is the skillful manipulation of the perceptual networks of interlinked patterns that make up our inner world; and it is these inner pathways that shape our response to the outer world. While there can be no doubt we are experiencing a real world, a closer look tells us we cannot separate our perception of that world "out there" from how it appears to us "in here." From a patterning perspective, our environment is both an integral part of us and a reflection of who we are. In the act of living we exist in an environment that is of our own creation. This inseparability cannot be picked apart and studied independently of the entire system. To do so would be to change the entire reasoning of that system. Here are five key factors that I believe are instrumental in shaping our logic:

1. Logic and History 2. Logic and Intention 3. Logic and Mood 4. Logic and Language 5. Logic and Context

LOGIC AND HISTORY Knowledge is always the result of interpretation-which

in turn depends, as Fernando Flores and Terry Winograd point out, on the entire previous history of the interpreter. Our self-concept and corresponding world view, our entire experience of experiencing, is the result of our biological and social history. Consequently, there is much in life, such as skin color, body shape, gender, and mental and physical ability, that is inevitable and determined. However, having said this, it is important to remember that there is much that is possible even with the~e constraints. For instance, I may not be biologically designed to run a mile in under fOUf minutes; yet I can, with the right attitude and physical conditioning, compete in next year's Boston marathon.