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Isaac Watts: Improve Your Mind Through People Watching, But…

Previously V. In making your observations on persons, take care of indulging that busy curiosity which is ever inquiring into private and domestic affairs, with an endless itch of learning the secret history of families. It is but seldom that such a prying curiosity attains any valuable ends: it often begets suspicions, jealousies, and disturbances […]

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Isaac Watts on notebooking

Previously Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, was writer of hymns, clergyman, theologian, logician, philospher, author of over 600 hymns and a popular textbook on logic. He wrote the book from which these excerpts have been taken as a supplement to his logic textbook. The book from whence I have taken this series of excerpts is formidably titled, […]

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Isaac Watts, More on Improving the Mind Through Observation

Previously III. More on Observation …in giving a few directions. concerning this method of improvement, I shall not so narrowly confine myself to the first mere impression of objects on the mind by observation, but include also some hints which relate to the first most easy and obvious reflections, or reasonings which arise from them. […]

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Watts, Improving the Mind- what do you bring to the table?

Previously V. Mere lectures, reading, and conversation, without thinking, are not sufficient to make a man of knowledge and wisdom. It is our own thought and reflection, study and meditation, which must attend all the other methods of improvement, and perfect them. It carries these advantages with it: 1. Though observation and instruction, reading and […]

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Isaac Watts on Improving the Mind Via Lectures

from Improvement of the mind, by Isaac Watts, D.D. Ed. by Stephen Previously, we read Isaac Watts’ discourse on improving the mind by reading.  Here he explains how listening to oral teaching may improve the mind: III. The advantage of verbal instructions by public or private lectures are these: 1. There is something more sprightly, more delightful and […]

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