THE ART OF CLEAR THINKING BY RUDOLF FLESCH PDF

Start your review of The Art of Clear Thinking Write a review Jun 09, Christian Schwoerke rated it it was amazing This book is no less practical now than when it was published in I was curious about the book because Id been taught to read better with his book Teaching Johnny to Read, which was essentially a primer with long lists of words that were to be read aloud, using phonics to decipher new words. This book was a follow-up to his popular Why Johnny Cant Read, which was a sensation in the mids for its expose of the poor pedagogy that was being practiced in public schools, namely teaching This book is no less practical now than when it was published in Flesch spent a lifetime articulating simple and straightforward ways of communicating, and this little book, as he says in his introduction does not break any new ground, but serves instead as a reminder to the reader of those things that work.

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Start your review of The Art of Clear Thinking Write a review Jun 09, Christian Schwoerke rated it it was amazing This book is no less practical now than when it was published in I was curious about the book because Id been taught to read better with his book Teaching Johnny to Read, which was essentially a primer with long lists of words that were to be read aloud, using phonics to decipher new words.

This book was a follow-up to his popular Why Johnny Cant Read, which was a sensation in the mids for its expose of the poor pedagogy that was being practiced in public schools, namely teaching This book is no less practical now than when it was published in Flesch spent a lifetime articulating simple and straightforward ways of communicating, and this little book, as he says in his introduction does not break any new ground, but serves instead as a reminder to the reader of those things that work.

But he does try to provide some background to what is involved in thinking, with a discussion of cognitive theory and psychology, each kept to basic and commonsensical proportion.

Through his first seven chapters, each rife with anecdotes and references he is able to validate with detailed endnotes at the end of the book, he comes up with a summary list of five points, and then ten chapters later, the list has grown to eight practical points. Clearly, repetition is a good way to ensure that one is thinking clearly about a subject.

The list: 1. Try to remember that everybody, including yourself, has only his own experience to think with. Try to detach your ideas from your words. Translate the abstract and general into the concrete and specific. To solve a puzzling problem, look for a seemingly irrelevant key factor in the situation and for a seemingly unsuitable pattern in your mind. Remember that bright ideas are often wrong and must be tested. This particular chapter focuses on how to think through difficulties, and Flesch surveys the field of commentators, each having essentially the same insights about the process.

At the end, he offers this down-to-earth list of reminders: 1. Write the problem down. Translate the problem into plain English. If possible, translate the problem into figures, mathematical symbols, or graphs. Know how to use a library. Take notes and keep files. Discuss the problem with others. Use a check list of categories, adding new ones from time to time. Try turning the problem upside down. Relax; turn to other work; rest; sleep. Take time to be by yourself.

Free yourself of trivial work. Shut out interruptions. Know the time of day your mind works best and arrange your schedule accordingly. When you get an idea, write it down. Further chapters discuss ways to get more out of reading, thinking in and around the home about family and quotidian things, what kind of thinking is best at work, and, finally, he reminds the reader that thinking can be difficult, that accepting common ways of doing things even if in error is often easier.

Also particularly interesting was his discussion of how to parse any given text for its concreteness, which is essentially to say its soundness as a statement of fact. The method he proposes eventually worked itself into some standard readability tests that are still used today, e.

Its price, however, was enough to pique my interest in the writer. I thus looked up Rudolf Flesch and read about his contributions to the It was on a whim that I shopped on the local eBay website when I saw one of the classic book sellers peddling a book that was more expensive than most of his other items.

I thus looked up Rudolf Flesch and read about his contributions to the use of plain English in everyday life. I decided to read him without further ado, but opted to read other works of his first. When I saw two books of his being sold as a bundle on the international site, I pounced on the opportunity and got this book along with The Art of Plain Talk.

There is a good amount of outdated data, particularly regarding computers, as this book was published in His suggestions about tackling day-to-day problems, however, remain useful and practicable even until today. His comments regarding other popular literature at the time were, to me, scintillating. People read them regardless of whether they contain information or misinformation; they take them as sedatives.

But what do we mean by that? More often than not, an open mind means that we stick to our own opinions and let other people have theirs.

What we need is not so much an open mind - readiness to accept new ideas - but an attitude of distrust toward our own ideas. Many books, moreover, serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance.

You should read only when your own thoughts dry up, which will of course happen frequently enough even to the best heads; but to banish your own thoughts so as to take up a book is a sin against the holy ghost; it is like deserting untrammeled nature to look at a herbarium or engravings of landscapes.

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Vudokora Thijking have used this many times now in my life when I tne stuck on certain things. Jey Kalimuthu rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Flesch lived the majority of his life with his wife and children in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small village in southern Westchester county. The art of clear thinking Relax; turn to other work; rest; sleep. The first part of the book discusses the pattern recognition part. I would rate it much higher than thinking fast and slow. Many books, moreover, serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance. Dec 28, Jeff Ford rated it it was amazing.

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