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Change is a Choice, not just a Phase in Life.

Sometimes in Life..
It’s not always about Letting Go, or let “Change”, “Change you”.

Sometimes in Life..
When you encounter a pitfall, when you make a mistake.
When things around you starts falling apart.
When shit happens for real.

Never let loose sight of what’s “Real” & “Important” & “Special
to you..

You need to..
Hold your “Shit” together. Get your “Facts” right. 
Rectify with proper “Change”. 

If you can Live with the “Guilt” & “Moment of Pain”.
Trust me, you haven’t “Experienced” anything “Real”, but only “Regrets” you allow to affect you.

“Live Life with No Regrets”,
“Change Starts from You”,
“You are In Control of Your Own Life”.

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World Peace?..Is it possible?

To my honest opinion, with or without conflicts within the news in relation to cross-cultural communication in a global context, it is relative that one places neutrality into emphasis rather than making conclusions based on what they see/hear/perceive.

It is very important to note that at times, conflicts occur when two or more parties have different perspectives and perceptions towards the same news. Most often it is based upon how well or how much information they receive or are able to comprehend. The conflict is a by-product of ignorance so as to say.

The situation could be settled amongst, discussions/debates/diplomacy. These are the ideal methods of dealing with the situation. However I feel, even these ideal methods can also go out of hand, resulting in violence/misunderstandings/oppression.

On a global scale, we see now, very often leaders of the world are implementing more policies/movements/aids to help promote peace/harmony/cohesion amongst the nations of the world. In the believe that when one or more gather together with the intention to cooperate/collaborate/co-exist with one another, the cultures of the world would be able to understand and communicate better with another.

It is very important for me with this believe that “Do not do onto others, what you do not want others to do upon you”. When people learn to believe that this logical/emotional quote does bring about inner peace, they’ll realise that equality amongst humankind can be achieved. 

Facts about “Assumption”

How do you know what you do not know?

If you do not know what you do not know?

And If you think you know what you do not know, 

means you assume what you think you know.

In fact, if you assume, 

you make an “ASS” out of “U” and “ME”.

So eventually, you ask yourself,

do you actually need to know what you do not know?

and if you’re still thinking about it,

then it only means that you’re still assuming the unknown.

Why Cosplay?…

Someone once asked me about why I chose Cosplay amongst the other hobbies out there?

The answer is rather Simple:

You know that feeling you get when you bump into a familiar face (not an enemy) along the road while shopping for materials, chilling out in town or even being where you are? 

That feeling of,
“hey~! haven’t we met before at this event” 
or perhaps, 
“didn’t we Cosplayed in the same team a couple of months back?” Or even, 
“didn’t you added me on Facebook?!”

Then you get this “Shiok!” feeling like no other, when you look into each other’s eyes, only both of you know how “Awesome!” each other look like in their Costumes
and no one else around you even know about it?

You find that, you’re able to appreciate even the smallest of things around you, knowing enough within yourself “this is good enough for me..” 

You’ll realise that you’re not alone at all. People like us are surrounded by them every day. They give you their unconditional support, it doesn’t have to be in the form of words, just appearing there and rooting for your performance/Cosplay. You’ll know that so long you’ve put in your best, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of your works, one way or another. 

Even if I would choose to move on to other activities..I will always remember this statement…

“Once a Cosplayer..Always a Cosplayer..”

“Synthesis” your New Friend in Full-proof Solutions.

I find the word “Synthesis” very helpful for helping me summarise all that I’ve learnt from Cognitive Processes and Problem Solving.

It refers to a combination of two or more entities that together form something new. Suggest to me that I could apply two of the skills, if not all, to generate a full-proof solution to rectify any given problem.

I would now look into I.nquiry A.nalysis I.nference A.rgumentation phases.

For example, the first step of Inquiry, gives me a pre-handed knowledge of the situation within the problem. In this process, I would already figure out the most trusted and reliable information that could be used to give me a straightforward solution.

The logical step if approached thereafter would be, Analysis, it is one step further into finding a definite solution for the problem. It involves differentiation of the information and factors in terms of relevance and between approaches (Atomistic and Holistic). It is also the skill of breaking down these findings to make it less complex to make it understandable.

Next would be the skill of Inference. It is used to differentiate factual claim and value judgement. Identification and differentiation, between variable and non-variable claims, line with the problem. Henceforth, suggesting a solution from the conclusion which is based upon evidence available and critique the limitations.

The last and final step to have a full justification of the proposed solution to the problem is “Argumentation”. Using the right amount of evidence to forming sound arguments, we could identify certain flaws and pre-empt logical inconsistencies which could deemed the proposed solution dismissal. After which to ensure any certainty from missing out, evaluation for a justification for a claim is sufficient

From a combination of these four skills, I realise that by doing so, we limit possibility of any errors or irrational/illogical forms of justification from occurring. However we must realise the possibility of human error which could subject to the effectiveness of the derived solution.

Reasons why I Study at Republic Polytechnic.

There are a couple of things I like about RP and some of them in particular are the unique educational system and quality facilities.

The educational system here is unique in the sense that everyone is train to be able to adapt in various circumstances when we should start work. The Reflection Journal, Quiz and Evaluation submissions are expected to be submitted before a fixed timing, which trains our discipline to be able to handle and deliver the work on time.

The facilities in Republic Polytechnic, is suitable and conducive to establish good learning space for everyone. I like how the entire school is connected from front to back, everywhere assessable and not to mention air-conditioned from the heat. The chairs and tables are a luxury that many schools out there might not have.

Till the day I leave the school, I’ll always appreciate what Republic Polytechnic has to offer me.

Reason why we make Irrational Decisions.

The most irrational decision that I’ve made in my life is building the wall of self-denial of my own strengths and abilities to perform and being too overly cautious whenever I’m around people.

This being so, has caused my life to turn haywire for several years. Many advices that I’ve received from close friends, mentors and relatives helped me slowly realise these decisions were wrong. From the theories and concepts I’ve learnt today, I’m going to focus one one concept to explain the cause of me to make irrational decisions.

‘’Anchoring or Focalism is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily, or “anchor,” on one trait or piece of information when making decisions.’’

This theory has a concept that fits the description of my predicament.

From the aspect of Anchoring, two separate entities as being formed.

‘The Focusing effect’ and ‘Anchoring and adjustment heuristic’.

The focusing effect (or focusing illusion) is a cognitive bias that occurs when people place too much importance on one aspect of an event, causing an error in accurately predicting the utility of a future outcome.

Due to the fact that I am a perfectionist, I tend to focus too much attention on a certain aspect of an event, which I had made an assumption that nothing will go wrong. However, when I do so, I tend to misjudge critical factors and oversee them, causing negative feedbacks.

Anchoring and adjustment is a psychological heuristic that influences the way people intuitively assess probabilities.  

This is evident as I tend to do so when I was young and afraid to make such mistakes. The drawback therefore, is a shadow that I’ve formed overtime, which constantly influenced my decision making process and resulting in unsatisfied results.

Good Persuasion = Good Point Deliverance.

Persuasion is somewhat an essential aspect in all/most communications. I rely on it mostly to get my message/point across to a particular individual audience.

However I must admit that at times, I feel that this aspect has a negative side to it, is one which could lead to disagreements or conflicts which could lead to further aggravation to the problem.

This negative side is what I like to call “Lack of Compromise” which leads to a breakdown in communication at times when either parties disagree to one another’s opinions or either one of the party is being too selfish.

I tend to avoid having such conversations at times because I also believe that if an individual is capable and resourceful, he does not have to persuade every time to get the things he needs.

Persuasion is catagorised into three main aspects/methods,

  1. Ethos (Appealing to a person’s ethics)
  2. Pathos (Appealing to an audience emotions)
  3. Logos (Appealing logically)

 

  1. Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice, etc. A person’s ethics is based upon his moral philosophy and how his perception is determined from his believes.
  2. Pathos or Audience emotions is crucial when persuasion as we need to take note before engaging in communicating with the other party. Misjudgment or ignorance could lead to problems or could complicate existing ones.
  3. Logic is the study of the principles of valid inference and correct reasoning. It examines general forms which arguments may take place, which forms are valid, and which are fallacies. An individual must take note of what he wants to convey to his audiences, whether they sound logically or not, could affect the effectiveness of the communication or lead to miscommunication which is paramount to the situation.

Argument = Premise + Conclusion.

It was said that argument has two basic elements “Premise” and “Conclusion” that are related in an analogical manner.

I have learned that in order to reduce/lesson conflicts leading to undesired outcomes, we have to base our consideration on the situation and unforeseen circumstances that we take.

After we have identified whether the reasoning is what type, only then, we can make informed changes to suit the needs or purpose of the argument. This is otherwise known as Reasoning.

There are 3 to 4 types of reasoning; 2 being that affects my daily life are inductive and deductive.

Inductive reasoning is the process whereby a small observation is used to infer a larger theory, without necessarily proving it. In other words, it is seen as generalisation of certain topics.

Deductive reasoning is what most scientists recognize as the standard scientific method, where a researcher starts with a wider theory. He/She then generates a testable hypothesis and designs an experiment to observe the results, and prove or disprove the theory.

However these 2 reasoning can lead to a circular reasoning. These two methods should be seen as a cycle, with inductive reasoning generating a theory and with deduction and experimentation validating or falsifying the theory. This, in turn, leads to inductive enhancements of the theory and more testing.

In order to determine whether an argument would be agreed upon, they would have to be influenced factors.

Factors that determine the quality of an argument are;

  1. Good deductive arguments
  •       A good deductive argument is a sound argument.
  1. A sound argument is an argument which is both valid and has true premises.
  • If one or more premises are false, the argument is unsound.
  • Similarly, if the argument is not valid, it is unsound.
  1. A valid argument is an argument where the conclusion necessarily follows from the premises.
  • If the conclusion does not necessarily follow from the premise, the argument is not valid.

By following this logical thinking process, I am able to have an in-depth knowledge of understanding the possible factors leading to a bad argument and I can avoid being caught in such situations. 

Is it important to Analyse?

When asking myself this question of whether it is necessary to analyse in my daily life in relation to whether it is important to have Analytical Skills.

I tend to analyse upon several of obstacles I encounter every second of my life. Having the ability to analyse, allows me to make informed & quick second decisions. This factor is based on my experience and my prior knowledge of that certain subject. I am able to use whatever I’ve gained along the way to help me make better judgment after re-evaluating the situation

For someone to be able analyse, he/she has to be able to examine a given problem/situation/encounter in detail in order to discover it’s hidden meaning or components/essential features that makes up its nature. He/she is able to break down these components/essential features further to help him analyse in a wider perspective.

It is important for me/one to have analytical skills. It allows us to be able to think before we react in that situation, giving us an opportunity to prevent/divert any unnecessary problem it could arise from.

One example is seen in today’s problem statement, when we were given to sets of data. Both Qualitative and Quantitative research data.

Qualitative data is derived from a visual aspect using brainstorming/mind-mapping, it gives us a first-handed view of the possible outcomes and what to expect of from the data.

Quantitative data on the other hand, gives us a more realistic approach to the possible outcomes, based on hard data that has been collected through groundwork research like surveys and feedbacks.

These data, coincides with one another and play a huge role in determining whether a certain aspect of an outcome could be compromised if the data taken was ineffective/unproductive.  These data cannot be over-conflicting to one another, this could result in an insufficient collection of data, important data might be shunned away in the debate and the focus could be compromised as well.

Therefore, having analytical skills, we are able to determine whether the given data from both sources are reliable/useful/manageable. This allows us to priorities these data based on our intention/aim/goal/purpose, which could have future implications on the target audience/receiver/outcome.

The wise decision is made when all obstacles or possible threats to the outcome could be determined beforehand with this skill, only then will we be able to gain positive feedbacks/results/data.