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Journal hzs202's Journal: Quote: Of Studies 3

"Histories make men wise; poets, witty, the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend" (Bacon).

I'm Meditating on Sir Francis Bacon's essay "Of Studies" and considering, at which of the 6 studies am I most skillful. If I were to place them in order... I think it would look like this:

1. Histories: wise
2. Natural Philosophy: deep
3. Poetry: witty
4. Moral: grave
5. Logic and rhetoric: able to contend
6. Mathematics: subtle

If you wish... in the comment section list the studies and their attributes as the apply to you.

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  • by mercedo ( 822671 ) *
    1. Histories: Lessons to learn
    2. Natural Philosophy: Truth
    3. Poetry: Art
    4. Moral: How to communicate with others
    5. Logic and rhetoric: Logic-Most important, Rhetoric-Least important
    6. Mathematics: Ruler of the world
    1. Mathematics - what is sufficient?
    2. Natural Philosophy - what is possible?
    3. Logic and Rhetoric - what is available?
    4. Moral - what is necessary?
    5. Poetry - what, of the impossible or unavailble, is still necessary?
    6. History - what is dangerous?
  • I strongly recommend you to read New Organ, there is an appropriate time to read a good book like this, younger the better, but it is hard to understand if you read it when you are too young. Now.

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- Robert Heinlein