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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate. Options
Daemon
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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
Wizz
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I do not understand...

Be.
kaleem
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:56:55 AM
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How an "unlearned" mind can contemplate?


Lani
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 4:20:32 AM
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To improve the contemplation's part of the mind, I think !
abrar
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 4:54:59 AM
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I think that if we learn or read a little and contemplate a lot at what we have learnt or read only then we can improve our mind.

I haven't given this privilege to anybody to make me happy or angry.....SADHGURU
Carmelo
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:36:37 AM

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Let us think of a computer as a mind that has no limits with knowledge; however, it could not contemplate a sunset, or flowers with a little girl among them. Knowledge is good, if it is good knowledge, but it has limits by itself, it has no feeling; it cannot contemplate the wonder of anything that is outside of itself, its Creator, or other creatures. For that, we need contemplationThink

Lawrence
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:58:19 AM
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Who translated this quotation? Couldn't they speak english?

Shouldn't it say: "To improve our minds, we should learn less and contemplate more".

Now that makes sense! And is shorter.
Cat
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 9:06:21 AM

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Learning is from others, contemplating becomes one's own thoughts/conclusions. Original thought I think he's talking of. Some people borrow their opinions from others, some people contemplate and come to their own conclusions. Doesn't matter if someone else has already had the conclusion, to the person who arrived at their own conclusion, the mind exercise has improved the mind.

Seize the day; think of all those women on the Titanic who waved away dessert. – Erma Bombeck
redsxz
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 9:38:26 AM

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A man trying to sound philosophical is what i feel.
addngkr
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:47:18 AM

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Very true. Knowledge is limited and binding, where as contemplation or to put it in a better way, imagination or even better, creativity gives one the wings to fly high above the others. After all it is the creativity that has given us everything that we have now. To put it in Einstein's words - "Knowledge is limited whereas imaginations encircles the world."

You cannot fathom the depth of the ocean by swimming on it's surface.
Sinya
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:03:58 AM

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I agree with Carmelo, and in my humble opinion, I think that learning and contemplation are important to human beings equally.
E-Minor
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 12:21:46 PM

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Learning and contemplation are two different things - even though they both require use of 'the mind'. Descartes is saying that it is the act of contemplation that improves the mind, as opposed to mere learning.
littlemissgiggles
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:53:00 PM

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Yes, we learn better when we figure things out ourselves (contemplating things) then just "learning" out of a text book or hearing things that we are supposed to believe. Contemplating results in true learning.

Oh and Rene Descartes needs to contemplate a new hairstyle...he's freaking me out Anxious
Carmelo
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:59:00 PM

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E-Minor,

Sinya did not say that learning and contemplation are the same thing, only that we need them equally. A savage with no knowledge outside of himself cannot contemplate more than the next meal. Whereas contemplating on external knowledge can help him accordingly if he searches for truth appropriately.

Way to go, Sinya.Applause
Epsilon
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I go with abrar. I think we need to meditate on what we have learnt so we could get more empirical applications from them. What does it profit anyone to have so much knowledge without wisdom. Contemplation brings about application.
Anatolian
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Equivalently, as the most well-known physicist said, imagination is more important than knowledge.

"O mâhîler ki deryâ içredür deryâyı bilmezler" - Hayâlî
macksam
Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:41:32 PM

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Gibberish!

Israelite, calling all Galuts of Yah.
Ellenrita
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:53:44 AM

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For once I do agree with Rene (oh, how I hate to see him on this forum), learning could be just memorizing accumulated knowledge but I can not avoid contemplating the people/places and things that I have learned. We do have to keep revising what we learn to take in new ideas which takes contemplation.
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Brilliant. To contemplate is to understand our own path and our own way and to take direction from our own soul. To learn is to take direction from someone or something else.
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