How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler - Deepstash
The Difference Between Reading for Understanding and Reading for Information.

There is a difference between reading for understanding and reading for information. Anything easily digested is reading for information. The regurgitation of facts without solid u...

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How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler

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Mortimer Adler literally wrote the book on reading. Adler identifies four levels of reading:

  1. Elementary Reading
  2. Inspectional Reading
  3. Analytical Reading
  4. Syntopical...

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Inspectional reading allows us to look at the author’s blueprint. There are two sub-types of inspectional reading:

  • Systematic skimming, this is meant to be a quick check of the book by r...

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There are four rules to Analytical Reading:

  • Classify the book according to kind and subject matter.
  • State what the whole book is about with the utmost brevity.
  • Enumerate ...

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Syntopical Reading involves reading many books on the same subject and comparing and contrasting ideas, vocabulary, and arguments.

This task is undertaken by identifying relevant passages, tr...

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