Interesting comment, jtstellar, but why should thinkers be reluctant to share their opinions? I read what you said, of course, but wouldn't the person who has formulated his thoughts benefit who listens to him?
If you don't mind, expound your "...until something dawns on me, I might begin another process of thinking...." Do you mean you'll think about X, trying to understand how it came to be, thereby allow it to inform you how it is, then you will add or subtract a factor in how it came to be to see if it draws the same conclusion for you, then think about Y and see if its path and conclusion is as X's? In short, all what I said there is the process recognition. Do you agree with me there, that what I described is recognition?
I agree with you on not listening all the time to what people say. There is a point where enough is reached and that what's after it is clutter. Additionally, I recommend listening to and reading no one on important matters until the person who would listen or read knows how to think. "How to think," a process, needn't be done in exclusion to listening and reading. This process can be done during reception but the receiver must question what he hears to understand it alone then compare it to what he knows about the subject to understand his thoughts on the subject. This comparison should lead him to modify his conclusions if need be and to locate faults in his thinking that led him to his conclusions if need be. By the way, I dislike the phrase how to think because there is no such thing as "how to think." There is thinking and there is rote. I said how to think merely to differentiate between thinking, a process, and rote, a nonprocess.
Returning to the more-than-enough commentary, I turn to the topic of gold and silver are money (intrinsically) and that their use or backing will restore the United States. (Restore here consists of substance such as behavior, not only things transient, fleeting and ephemeral such as more money in the bank or a new car.) I can't roll my eyes on the gold-silver topic enough. No, on second thought I can roll them enough.
Your comment is thoughtful and intelligent, jtsteller. Thank you for it.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton