Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quote of the Week - Charles Sanders Peirce


"Upon this first...rule of reason, that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to believe, there follows one corollary which itself deserves to be inscribed upon every wall of the city of philosophy: Do not block the way of inquiry."--Charles Sanders Peirce, 1896

2 comments:

George Patsourakos said...

To be an effective learner, an individual must be motivated to learn new information.

A person must also be open to new principles and to the ideas of others -- instead of having rigid unchangeable beliefs -- to be an effective learner.

Having a positive attitude and flexibility toward learning, then, are two critical criteria that are necessary for effective learning to occur.

Alice Linsley said...

I agree, George. People do what they want to do and they believe what they want to believe. This is our natural way. To seek truth beyond our natural tendency is heroic and noble.