In one my of lives I was a graduate student in clinical psychology. I
recall the professor discussing a study which demonstrated that most
people do not think logically. I know I have a hard time when it comes to
logic. My excuse is that my dominant function (a la MBTI) is feeling and
my inferior function is thinking. So that it can be viewed as a learning
style difference. So how does one teach me to process logically? I need a
warm and patient teacher who can help me to see the value of logic in
relationship to people, the recurring patterns as the logic is applied,
and provide enough detail so that I can see the whole picture. That is not
an easy task. Fundamentally, I would need to practice the logical process
in my life. Which brings us full circle. Since I avoid this process, I
have difficulty learning it.

Aloha,  Rosie

Rosemarie Woodruff
Counseling and Student Development Center
University of Hawaii-Manoa
2600 Campus Road, SSC 312
Honolulu, HI 96822

                The world is full of obstacle illusions.
                                                         Grant Frasier

On Mon, 25 Oct 1999, Steven Runge wrote:

> I am in need of ideas.
> A philosophy professor teaching a course in Reasoning (logic) has just
> had some tremendously disheartening exams. I've seen some students'
> notes and exercises, and it seems to me he's done some really
> interesting stuff with visual learning--he uses something like a concept
> map to help teach syllogistic reasoning. IOW, he's certainly no
> dinosaur.
> Still, there is always a population of students who just can't seem to
> get it. (And that holds true for my own experience trying to teach logic
> in composition courses: some students always seem to be utterly baffled,
> and it's not for lack of trying.) This problem baffles me: logic should,
> to some extent, be easy to grasp. After all, is it so utterly alien to
> commonsense thinking?
> I'd like to believe there must be some way to reach the students that
> his methods aren't reaching. Has anyone out there found some workable
> approaches to teaching logic? I'm thinking that there must be some
> method more adaptable to aural or kinesthetic (or other) learners.
> Steve (peacenik) Runge
> St. Lawrence U.
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