RE: Software For Students

Subject: RE: Software For Students
From: KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 15:14:08 -0500

If I were prepared to risk the wrath of the
list-daddy, I would respond with the *obvious*
question:

If so many Arts majors claim to have learned
critical thinking skills, howcum so many of
them are still liberals?

OK, but seriously, in ancient times, I switched
over from the artsy side to the techy side,
and of the two, I must say that the courses that
gave me the most grounding in actual critical
thinking skills were:

- stats (various) and that I took before I
abandonned ,


- engineering technical writing.

But, over 47 years of living and breathing on this
earth, by far the best two influences that encouraged
(ok, forced... ) me to think critically were extended
conversations (ok, arguments...) with:

- a Jesuit and a Dominican priest (at the urging of
my aunt the nun, who hoped to see me persuaded back
to religion and,

- a handful of libertarians and anarchists, most of
whom had arrived at their (constantly self-questionned)
views by reluctant reasoned persuasion.

Sometimes I even remember to apply that sort of thinking
to insignificant aspects of my life like my work. :-)

Probably the most important and useful single thing an
aspiring writer (or anybody else) could pick up from
some aspect of their ongoing education is:
"Ask the next question."

/kevin


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wen the Lew [mailto:wlewis -at- nclogic -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 1:35 PM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: RE: Software For Students
>
>
> Lisa said:
> >As an English major, my education gave me more
> than the skills I needed to write.
> >skills I needed to investigate a subject.
> >learn several computer programs.
> >electronic resources and the Internet.
> >critical thinking skills
> >etc .
>
> So did mine, and I was an Art major.
>
> Wendy Lewis

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