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Chapter 6. The Parts of Thinking > The Elements of Thought in Relationship

The Elements of Thought in Relationship

The trick in learning the elements of thought is to express these ideas in a number of different ways until their nonlinear interrelationships begin to become intuitive to you. For example, you might think of the parts of reasoning as analogous to the essential parts of the human body. They are all present whether we are healthy or not. Like the parts of the body, the parts of thought function in an interdependent fashion. One way to express those interrelationships is that:

  • Our purpose affects the manner in which we ask questions;

  • The manner in which we ask questions affects the information we gather;

  • The information we gather affects the way we interpret it;

  • The way we interpret information affects the way we conceptualize it;

  • The way we conceptualize information affects the assumptions we make;

  • The assumptions we make affect the implications that follow from our thinking;

  • The implications that follow from our thinking affect the way we see things, our point of view.


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