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Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication
Charles W. Johnson
Political pundits whine that the world would be a better place if only more people thought like them. A clever engineer once told me that the world needs (his arms come together in a weight lifting pose, hands rounded together) more circles! Me? I want a world full of wise, thinking individuals. This is a world of minds that have an "inner balance wheel"; minds that protect themselves from extremes and under-use. Rudyard Kipling set up the model of a well-trained mind, "If you can keep your head while all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you... " Thinking and reasoning aptitude can be built within a person like a physical muscle (Goodman and Goodman, 1991). Human beings can learn, develop, and enhance these capabilities as part of their maturity.
Mumford, Marcus R., "Teaching Thinking and Reasoning Skills More Effectively" (1996). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 389.
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