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Of studies

  1. 1. OfStudies Francis Bacon
  2. 2. What is an essay again??? Just a review! 
  3. 3. FirmingUp: Discussion An ESSAY is a prose composition of moderate length which aims to explain or elucidate an idea, a theory, an impression, or a point of view.
  4. 4. Main Points of the Essay Of Studies by Francis Bacon
  5. 5. FirmingUp: Discussion  Studies is for one’s own entertainment, such as reading book on a favorite author, to impress others and bring attention to oneself, such as by touting one’s academic accomplishments in hopes of gaining a pretty girl’s admiration, or to gain competence and proficiency, an example would be by studying for an upcoming exam.  'Studies' must be ratified by experience, just as experiences are trimmed by studies. Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment, and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best, from those that are learned.
  6. 6. FirmingUp: Discussion  Too much study may be considered a downfall, as the individual studying may be considered by others to be self-indulgent or even lazy if they appear to be studying and not much else.  Studying alone is insufficient; learning must also be accompanied by real life experience, as they are counter-balances of one another.  Just to do what books tell you to do and nothing else is characteristic of an academic/bookish individual. To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar.They perfect nature, and are perfected by experience: for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning, by study; and studies themselves, do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
  7. 7. FirmingUp: Discussion  Cunning individuals regard studies with contempt because concepts learned from books might thwart their devious goals; unpretentious individuals admire studies because they themselves may have had little opportunity for study, and an astute individual makes good use of studies and knowledge gained by studying as a tool to glean more information. Crafty men contempt studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
  8. 8. Firming Up: Discussion  Study and take time to meditate on the information learned rather than taking what is learned as gospel, or arguing about the information, even discussing it. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
  9. 9. FirmingUp: Discussion  Three types of literature that are widely available include that which is be read in parts and not spent a lot of time on, that which is to be read through and enjoyed, and that which is to be read thoroughly with attention and sincerity. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things.
  10. 10. FirmingUp: Discussion  Studying makes people complete, discussion makes a prepared person, and writing makes an exact person by communicating well. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know, that he doth not
  11. 11. FirmingUp: Discussion  Just as ailments of the body can be cured by physical exercises, ailments/shortcomings of the mind may be cured by appropriate studies. Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend. Abeunt studia in mores. Nay, there is no stone or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies; like as diseases of the body, may have appropriate exercises. Bowling is good for the stone and reins; shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for the head; and the like. So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again. If his wit be not apt to distinguish or find differences, let him study the Schoolmen; for they are cuminisectores. If he be not apt to beat over matters, and to call up one thing to prove and illustrate another, let him study the lawyers' cases. So every defect of the mind may have a special receipt.
  12. 12. FirmingUp: Discussion If all you do is study and never use what you have learned, what have you achieved? If you only study to achieve recognition, what did you waste your time for? If your knowledge is narrowing your view instead of broadening it, what is the point of learning? --Francis Bacon

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