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The 10 Habits of Logical People - Foundation for Economic Education
Becoming a logical person is not just a matter of memorizing and applying formulas, or learning how to tell the difference between a valid and an invalid syllogism. Rather, it involves cultivating intellectual habits and skills that, though they may seem simple and obvious, are only achieved after years of struggle and education. In his book Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking, venerable philosophy professor D.Q. McInerny lays out the following 10 habits that people must cultivate if they are to think clearly and effectively:

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The logical person

The logical person

Becoming a logical person involves cultivating intellectual habits and skills that may seem simple, but are only achieved after lots of education and training.

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Attentiveness

When we're not paying sufficient attention to a situation, it is easy to make mistakes in reasoning.

The logical person has to train himself to always pay attention, even in fam...

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Get the Facts Straight

If the fact is an existing thing, then access it to establish its factualness.

If you cannot establish factualness by direct evidence, then test the authenticity an...

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Clear Ideas

Our ideas are the way our minds understand the objective world. Clear ideas consistently reflect that world, while vague ideas give a distorted view of the world.

T...

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The Origins of Ideas

The logical person understands that his ideas are based on things that exist.

Many ideas may seem true at first, but when you spent time looking into the sources of those ideas, you'...

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Match Ideas to Facts

Ideas should not be a product of pure subjectivism, but must always touch base with the facts in the objective world from which the ideas were born. (e.g., the idea of a "cat&...

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Match Words to Ideas

We can only communicate our ideas if we use words that accurately express those ideas. Finding the right words could be difficult. In such a case, we should go back to the source o...

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Communicating Effectively

Logic is about finding out if statements are true or false, and the ability to express ideas clearly.

  • Don’t assume your audience understands your meaning if you don’t make it obviou...

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Vague Language

"Vague" and "ambiguous" originates from Latin words that mean "wandering."

A logical person avoids vague and ambiguous language. He doesn't use language that dances...

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Evasive Language

Evasive language does not directly state what a speaker has in mind. It results in two problems:

  • It can deceive the audience.
  • It can distort your listene...

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Arriving at the Truth

The purpose of logic is to arrive at the truth. There are two basic forms of truth:

  • Ontological truth - what exists in reality.
  • Logical truth - the truth o...

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Passionate vs. standard workers

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Discover your passion

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Decide on a field

Once you have committed to turning your passion into something profitable, the next step is to carefully research the options: check if there is a real demand for your offer, have a a look at what competition has to offer, etc.

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