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On Discussion – A Quick Detour

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Most of the points I have made in support of my argument are not such as I can confidently assert; but that the belief in the duty of inquiring after what we do not know will make us better, braver and less helpless than the notion that there is not even a possibility of discovering what we do not knkow, nor any duty of inquiring after it – this is a point for which I am determined to do battle, so far as I am able, both in word and deed.

Plato, Meno 86B

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July 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm

On Discussion & Education – Part I

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Discussion is the highest point of education because it is so suitable to human nature.  As wonderful a discipline as writing is, it more removed from natural human interaction than discussion.  First, writing is a complete action.  Any event or thought that is being written should be complete.  The consequence of this is that the writer cannot be involved in the daily flow of life as it happens while he is writing.  Further, no written work is perfect.  There will always be confusion about the use of particular terms, and sometimes the writer’s message may be entirely lost to the reader.  This is much less likely to be a problem in a discussion. 

In a discussion men may always ask questions to have terms and arguments clarified for him.  During a discussion mistakes may be corrected and forgiven and ideas may be explored because there is no material evidence of what is said.  This free form of learning truly lends itself to men being more active in their own education because discussion demonstrates thought and can foster and further it.  It only follows that men should become more free through discussion rather than through the removed activities of reading and writing. 

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June 26, 2008 at 8:25 am