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					Jamie A. O’Brien                                      Critical Thinking 100/9M1
February 28, 2009                                     Professor Cynthia Wiseman
                                                      Week #4 – Exercise

Exercise 4.1

       The setting looks like it might be in a classroom. The window looks like a

window you’d find in a classroom, i.e., it has no drapes. The desk doesn’t a

traditional classroom desk. Maybe this classroom has these desks to more

comfortably accommodate working at a computer.

       The kid looks bored and he just wants to get out of there. He seems to be

isolated and sitting in the corner. I think he’s in detention. He’s waiting to be

told he can leave. As soon as he’s told he can leave, he’s going to pack up his

computer and get out of there as fast as he can.

       The kid’s going to go home and his mother is going to be upset that he

was late getting there. He’s going to have to tell her why he was late and when he

does, she’s upset and says, “Wait ‘til your father gets home!” His father gets

home and he yells at his son, and then he tells the kid is grounded for a month.


Visual Thinking

    The artist is saying that each witness had their own perception of the suspect

due to their own biases and life experiences. They also each saw the suspect from

different angles – some were taller, some were shorter, etc. The witnesses were

comparing the suspect to themselves.

    It occurred to me while doing this exercise that not only did the witnesses

have their perceptions about the suspect, I had my own perceptions about the

witnesses.
Jamie A. O’Brien                                      Critical Thinking 100/9M1
February 28, 2009                                     Professor Cynthia Wiseman
                                                      Week #4 – Exercise

1. He was a real tall guy dressed normally. With light dry hair.

   This man is short, so anyone taller than him may appear “real tall.” I think by

   “dressed normally,” he means he’s dressed in a suit, like himself. “Light

   hair” would be hair that’s lighter than his, as his appears to be very dark. The

   “dry” hair comment, I’m not so sure of. Maybe this guy has oily, greasy hair

   and the dry hair references hair without grease in it?

2. He was a healthy, good looking young kid, but dressed rather shabbily.

   This guy is old, with glasses. Anyone younger than himself, he would

   consider “young.” I think this guy thinks that if you wear glasses it somehow

   makes you not “good looking.” The suspect is not wearing glasses, so that

   makes him good looking. The suspect is not wearing a tie, so he’s dressed

   “rather shabbily.”

3. He was real big and real old.

   To this young child, anyone older than himself is “old” and the suspect is

   much taller than the kid, so to the kid the suspect is “real big.”

4. He was a well-dressed sort, a little overweight and with a lot of hair.

   This witness is skinny, bald, and dressed very casually. Because the suspect

   is wearing a suit jacket and suit pants, he considers this better dressed than

   himself. Though the witness is skinny, he perceives that to be a normal

   weight, so anyone heavier than himself he would consider overweight.


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Jamie A. O’Brien                                     Critical Thinking 100/9M1
February 28, 2009                                    Professor Cynthia Wiseman
                                                     Week #4 – Exercise

He was surely a Westerner.

   A man in a turban, whom I perceive to be of Arabic descent, may think that

   anyone with lighter skin and wearing “western” wear is a Westerner.

5. I remember he had a large head and he smelled funny.

   The guy with a small head and a large nose would think that a normal-sized

   head is “large.” Perhaps, because he has such a large nose, his sense of smell

   is more acute, so he can smell odors that most would not ordinarily smell.

6. He was a scrawny little short-haired twerp from back east.

   The cowboy, who is wearing western wear and is large and hefty, thinks that

   anyone weighing less than himself and smaller than himself is scrawny.

   Because the suspect was dressed as he was, the cowboy automatically thought

   he was an easterner.

7. He had dark hair and a cute nose. A real doll.

   This woman is into men’s looks. She notices the facial features and whether

   or not he has hair.

8. He was a rough, furry guy with little beady eyes, probably inedible.

   This thing has large eyes, is slimy and it doesn’t look like he has any teeth.

   The suspect’s eyes are smaller, he has hair, and because the thing has no

   teeth, he wouldn’t be able to eat the suspect.




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Jamie A. O’Brien                                        Critical Thinking 100/9M1
February 28, 2009                                       Professor Cynthia Wiseman
                                                        Week #4 – Exercise

Exercise 4.2

         I am a 53-year-old white female who live in New York City and loves to

travel, see movies and sit and relax by the East River on warm, sunny days.

         I am also interested in world and U.S. history and current events. I like

old historic buildings and don’t like “new” construction. I cringe every time I see

an old building being brought down to make way for a new one.

         I am very interested in my family history and if I could spend my days just

researching my family, I’d be as happy as I could be. My passion for genealogy

has led me to an idea for a book I’d like to write. The subject of my book would

be Father Thomas James Synnott, the brother of my great-great-great-

grandmother, Ellen Synnott Walsh.

         Fr. Tom, as we affectionately call him, is credited with bringing

Catholicism to Connecticut. He is the one who built St. Augustine Cathedral in

Bridgeport, Connecticut in the 1860s and he also sat on Bridgeport’s school

board.

         I am at a standstill as to where I can go for the information I need for the

book. St. Augustine, which is where the Diocese of Bridgeport is headquartered,

had a fire years ago, and Fr. Tom’s papers were destroyed. Before there was a

Diocese of Bridgeport, the New Haven Diocese covered the Bridgeport area.

They also had a fire, so any papers that they may have had of Fr. Tom’s, were


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Jamie A. O’Brien                                      Critical Thinking 100/9M1
February 28, 2009                                     Professor Cynthia Wiseman
                                                      Week #4 – Exercise

also destroyed. Obviously, nobody alive knew him. I did find a relative up in

Canada whose great-grandfather was a nephew of Fr. Tom, but he doesn’t have

much information either. I’ll have to keep plugging away and hopefully someday

I’ll find some information that’s hidden away somewhere.

       Because I have such an appreciation for my own roots, it saddens me

when I look at all the construction that’s going on in New York City. When the

little walkups are torn down to make way for the bigger buildings, families who

have probably been here for generations are losing their homes. Those families

will probably never be able to afford a new apartment in the new buildings, so

they have to leave what might be the only home they have ever known and

relocate elsewhere and it probably won’t be in New York City. The whole flavor

of New York is changing – actually, it’s getting to be where there is no flavor.

All the buildings are starting to look the same and all the little neighborhoods are

disappearing. I’m afraid there’s no turning back. The damage has been done.




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