Thinking is Exercise

David Foster Wallace once said that “learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” As he saw it, “if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”

Wallace was known for his wit and writing, and I find that he has many times expressed opinions I share, only I didn’t realize I shared them until I read his writing. In a way I would say that Wallace’s definition of how to think is really one part of my definition of how we find truth.

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