The aim of this section is to instruct the student in basics of logic and to explain the most common errors in communications. It is important that one is discerning about what one says as well as what one hears.
LOGIC VERSUS ORIGINAL THOUGHT
Although elementary exercises are given in logic and the student is made aware of the need to discipline thinking, it should be remembered that logic will almost always take someone just so far down a well trodden path. Original thought tends to come when one thinks about something from many angles, and this course, while not pretending to teach someone to become a creative thinker, can make a student aware of some of the processes that go into creative thinking.
THOUGHT VERSUS FACT ASSIMILATION
Most will agree that the purpose of education is to learn how think and how to communicate. What value is the person who has acquired a vast knowledge who cannot put it to some use, or to use his knowledge to discover more knowledge.
How often when we argue do we use such doubtful tricks as appealing to imaginary authorities that do not exist, using in-accurate analogies, ridiculing the adversary, resorting to sophistry. Everywhere, in the press, on television, in discussion we encounter these tricks of debate, and only by being aware of them can we assess the true value of what we are reading or listening to.