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Re: Dialogue

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Dennis Freeman (freemad)
Mon, 06 Dec 1999 10:54:08 -0700

Thank you, Larry. All of us who appreciate & learn from this forum (or any
other) need to think about the special quality of conversation, the value of
disputes & the rigor that comes from challenge. As my grandfather used to
say, "It's nice to know what you did right, but it's important to know what
you did wrong." Food for thought. Dennis
----- Original Message -----
From: Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI <occti>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 1999 10:11 AM
Subject: Dialogue

> Lawrence A. Parker
> Philosopher and Educational Consultant
> The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction, Inc.
> 89 Grand Avenue
> Akron, OH 44303-1004
> 330.762.5341
> (under reconstruction)
> "The most fruitful and natural exercise of the mind, in my opinion,
> conversation. I find the use of it more sweet than of any other action of
> life; and for that reason it is that, if I were now compelled to choose, I
> should sooner, I think, consent to lose my sight, than my hearing and
> speech... The study of books is a languishing and feeble motion that heats
> not, whereas conversation teaches and exercises at once. If I converse
> an understanding man, and a rough disputant, he presses hard upon me and
> pricks me on both sides; his imaginations raise up mine to more than
> ordinary pitch; jealousy, glory, and contention, stimulate and raise me up
> to something above my self..."
> >From "The Essays" of Michel Montaigne.
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