The philosopher, Mortimer Adler (Cofounder of the Center for the Study of Great Ideas), offers a number of simplified assertions on the process for learning that I want to share with you today:

Adler on Learning:

  • Nothing can elevate a mind except that which is over it’s head.
  • Passive learning takes people as they are and leaves them there.  
  • Think, rather than remember.
  • Ideas, not facts.
  • Ask a book a question and you have to go find it yourself; you do the work of thinking.
  • The point of good books is not to see how many you get through, but how many get through to you.

Ideally, each of these thought provoking references offers a potential connecting thought as you continue learning and investing in the learning of others.

Think rather than remember.  For every reference there is a context to apply in your work.


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