If You Are Reading to Acquire Knowledge, Learn to Read Analytically
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Reading helps us connect existing thought patterns and upgrade our mental models.
To read deeply and critically, we have to engage with the written text differently:
Passive reading is when we read for pleasure and get lost in the book, enjoying the complete experience. This is applied in fictional works. Acquiring knowledge demands a different way to read: Active reading.
Great books require time and attention, needing to be chewed and digested properly for an in-depth understanding.
There is an even more active, complex and profound way to read: Analytical Reading.
It involves questioning the text you read, highlighting key points, taking notes, summarizing or curating key ideas, and thinking deeply about what the author is trying to say.
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”
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