Friday, June 17, 2016

Oppenheimer on Selective Practice

Robert Oppenheimer wrote in 1958 in a review of a boook called A Study of Thinking by Jerome Bruner, Jacqueline Goodnow, and George A. Austin (Swanee Review, 66, 481-489):
Man has a great capacity for distinction. His capacity of otherness is almost unlimited. We are concerned throughout with the discovery and creation of order in man's cognitive life. Rational life begins with the selective practice of ignoring differences, failing in truth to perceive them; rational life begins with failure to use discriminatory power in anything like its full potentiality. It lies in the selection, arrangement, and appropriate adequation to the objects of perception and thought, of limited traits, of a small residue of potential wealth.
This has the greatest relevance to note-taking, or it seems to me. I would add "connection," though it might already be covered by "arrangement."

1 comment:

Thomas said...

Your blog is very interesting, I've learned many things reading it. You might be interested in this article (only the abstract, sorry).
http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/22/0956797614524581.abstract