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On the Development of Objective Analysis

by Lee Duane FitzSimmons

When attempting to develop one's skills of objective analysis, several factors should be considered in order to better facilitate this process. One should first dissect and separate all of the relevant aspects of the examined subject and then combine all of its component parts. The features of the analytical process that generalize and draw conclusions can then be performed with far greater precision. Once this process is complete, new knowledge can be gained and subsequently applied to as many relevant areas as possible.

First of all, there are many areas of objective examination that separate things into various categories. By performing this type of mental action, it is possible to allow for far more detailed minutia to be discovered and subsequently understood. When more details are further analyzed, crucial elements are sometimes revealed. It is important to note that once knowledge advances to a certain point, it requires more and more of this type of detailed analysis to continue making substantial progress.

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Next, there is the type of objective analysis that unifies individual aspects and component parts. This area of intellectual activity is also highly important for both the practical and the aesthetic realms. Oftentimes, when connecting features between many subject areas, the unification process reveals new areas of discovery that may not have been considered before. Because of the phenomenon known as "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," the combination of two or more elements can often reveal new aspects that were not obvious when these elements were perceived as separated entities. It also important to note that there may be connective elements that might come into play when various component parts are combined. These connective elements could also reveal new sources of data that were previously unknown. Therefore, it becomes extremely relevant to unify component parts in a correct manner that promotes the growth and development of usable knowledge.

Finally, there is generalization. This aspect of objective analysis is probably its most important aspect because it usually represents the sum total of a large amount of examination that has been done. It is also the aspect that is most prone to error. Therefore, this most important process should not be attempted until a correct assertion can be created and readily backed up with a very strong analytical process.

Therefore, a generalization should not be proposed until it has been built on a very stable foundation of objective analysis.

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