Date of Award

5-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Departmental Honors

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Speech Communication

First Advisor

Charles W. Johnson

Abstract

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.

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