Lots Of Ego With Little Reading Tends To Make Intellectual Discussions Worthless -> 8 Hints To Escaping That Trap

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.—Mark Twain, 1895

Literacy v. Thought

September 14, 2017

Allan Stevo

Literacy is an important tool. Few people utilize literacy for anything of thoughtful value. Yes, of course there are the basics of life that literacy provides for, something that opens up doors. Most often though thinking people abuse their literacy by choosing the wrong books. They exclusively choose books that agree with them.

This is lovely if all one seeks to do is enforce a confirmation bias, which would be the opposite of critical thinking. If you do not read in-depth and seriously entertain contrary arguments to your views, you have little ability to add light to a discussion and your ability to think critically is far inferior to what it can be.

Avoiding that discomfort is an example of choosing the wrong way to use ones literacy. This is such a vitally important issue, yet it is so often overlooked. There are some good ways to turn that around and to avoid that trap of near thoughtlessly seeking to uphold a confirmation bias.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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