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DP Members' List of Recommended Books

Being Logical by Dennis Q. McInerny

Including choosing to buy the book there or in a store, you can buy it here.

Note: Although I recommend this book and despite that I haven't re-read it in full in more than a year, I take issue with the author on, I recall, two points. One point is somewhere in the first 30 pages he uses example instead of explanation where explanation is appropriate. Aside from that point and the second one which I forgot, I found his grammar, an essential to logic, to be not absent but to lack correctness. This lack muddies his presentation of what logic is, characters -- as letters are to their compositions, words -- that depict action and inaction between the two planes of life, mental and physical. I've said that since 2007, when after about eight years I completed thinking and jotting notes down about my prose poem on what life is, then wrote that poem.

Additional to words (and their character substitutes found in logic) are marks, or guides. Those marks are punctuation, the giver of shape to a sentence (read: a thought), thereby enabling the receiver to comprehended what the author wants even if the author made an error or is deceptive. A different way to think about punctuation is it carries messages from their launches to their destinations.

Logic and language are a helix, a symbol representing balance and is the result of harmony. Because one of those words, logic and language, is the short version of the other, the long version, they need each other: Short:Long::Long:Short (Term:Definition::Definition:Term).

Indeed, This is (to) That as That is (to) This. Inside:Outside::Outside:Inside. Part:Whole::Whole:Part. Small:Large::Large:Small. And so on, each expression of which shows my screen name's meaning -- relationship and balance.

Balance: (where) good (is).
Imbalance: (outside of balance is where) bad (is).

Where is truth less difficult to be attained than it is in the other, in the individual or in the group?

In other words and to the point, truth is least difficult to be attained in which interaction:

A) group to group? <--- a process
B) individual to group or group to individual? <--- a process
C) individual to individual? <--- a process

How so: coercively or voluntarily? <--- states

While employing logic and language, the answers -- the correct process and correct state -- will yield truth.


The opening paragraph in Being Logical:

Logic is about clear and effective thinking. It is a science and an art. This book is intended to introduce readers to the rudiments of the science as well as to the basic skills associated to the art.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.