On Intellectual Growth
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
The human mind grows every day. This is a given. It is the way that it grows that is the focus of this particular article because there are many ways in which a mind can grow and not improve. There are also many ways that a mind can grow and actually deteriorate. Intellectual growth must be in areas that are conducive to the further production of biologically and psychologically beneficial outcomes that aid the intellect of the individual and all of those that surround this individual.
When the mind is fed disinformation, then it will tend to grow in ways that are not conducive to beneficial outcomes. However, if the mind perceives this information as being possibly deceptive, then it will grow in a beneficial manner. Therefore, if the mind perceives disinformation as being legitimate, then it will deteriorate. The mind must often learn to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to more effectively process data in a correct way. In order to perform this task, then it is necessary that the mind possess some rudimentary skills of logical analysis and constantly develop and exercise these skills so that they may grow and be able to handle more and more types of both misinformation and disinformation.
When the logical faculties of the intellect are more thoroughly trained and can absorb information in a more correct fashion, correct intellectual growth will occur. When this type of growth occurs, the mind of any individual that has had its intellectual faculties hindered by incorrect information masquerading as truth will suddenly experience a renaissance of new development. Ironically, many intellects that are never properly challenged with the deceitful nature of misinformation and disinformation will not be as likely to be able to learn at greater rates of development until they are properly challenged and learn to overcome.
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons