By Harry D. Kitson
Academic leaders are seeing with expanding clearness the need of educating scholars not just the subject-matter of research but additionally tools of analysis. lecturers are starting to see that scholars waste an unlimited period of time and shape many destructive behavior simply because they don't know how one can use their minds. the popularity of this is taking the shape of the flow towards "supervised study," which makes an attempt to acquaint the coed with ideas of economic climate and directness in utilizing his brain. it really is usually agreed that there are particular "tricks" which make for psychological potency, inclusive of equipment of apperceiving proof, tools of evaluation, units for arranging paintings. a few are the culmination of mental experimentation; others are derived from event. lots of them will be imparted by means of guideline, and it truly is for the aim of systematizing those and making them to be had for college students that this ebook is ready.
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You can demonstrate this for yourself by attempting to explain to someone an intricate conception such as the nebular hypothesis. The effort involved in making the explanation makes the fact more vivid to you. The habit of thus utilizing your knowledge in conversation is an excellent one to acquire. Indeed, expression is the only objective test of knowledge and we cannot say that we really know until we can express our knowledge. Expression is thus the great clarification agency and the test of knowledge.
The masses that listen top eagerly to the demagogue do not err merely from lack of ideas, but partly because they do not utilize all the facts at their disposal. This fault is frequently discernible in impulsive people, who notoriously make snap-judgments, which means that they decide before canvassing all the evidence. This trait marks the fundamental difference between superficial and profound thinkers. The former accept surface facts and decide immediately, while the latter refuse to decide until after canvassing many facts.
By this is meant the process of grouping similar ideas or similar points of ideas. For example, your ideas of serf, peon and slave have some points in common. Group the ideas, then, with reference to these points. Then in reasoning you can quickly place an idea in its proper group. The third stage of the reasoning process is decision, based on belief, and it comes inevitably, provided the other two processes have been performed rightly. Accordingly, we need say little about its place in study. One caution should be pointed out in making decisions.