Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:30 am
by Cito di Pense
skipbond wrote:Since scientists claim intelligence is hereditary, then how could one possibly posit that reading is the road to critical thinking. Comprehending the contents and overall implications of it and how to apply the contents would have to be somewhat already present in the individual, or else the parroting would amount to indoctrination not "the critical insight" of what is read. Just my opinion.

Do you really suggest a binary either-or to the formation of 'critical thinking'? I don't see much in the way of critical thinking there, unless it's wrapped in a willingness to footnote everything with the words 'just my opinion'.

My justification for this is that developing a skill requires practice. If you think there's some intrinsic 'intelligence' cast in stone, as it were, then practice is pointless, isn't it? Everything worth doing requires a combination of innate ability and concerted practice. Intelligent-but-lazy people never achieve much of anything except by dumb luck. Neither do hard-working morons, if twenty-seven eight-by-ten colored glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one means are any measure of success.

EDIT: Corrected photo size from AR