Reading For Understanding Three #96B

Thelma Thurstone The McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.

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  1. As we advance in life, we acquire a keener sense of the value of time. Nothing else, indeed, seems of any consequence; and we become, in this respect,
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  3. Some scientists argue that the sleeping person is much more receptive to information than the waking person. Professors have never applied this finding to classroom teaching. They deliberately try to stamp out drowsiness and sleepiness, whereas
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    sleep would make the class more attentive.
    some professors put the students to sleep.
    sleep is necessary to learning.
    perhaps they ought to encourage it.

  5. All of us tend to form preconceptions based on our previous experiences. No communication falls on virgin soil, for as receivers of the communication we have already had experiences that make us
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  7. There is a felt satisfaction in the thought of having done what we know to be right; and, in counterpart of this complacency of self-approbation, there is a felt discomfort, amounting often to bitter and remorseful agony in the thought of having done what conscience tells us to be wrong. These feelings imply a sense of sureness about what is, and is not,
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  9. As long as geometry remained the only mathematics, science was limited in its progress because geometric diagrams were too inaccurate in a field requiring great precision. New horizons were opened with the invention of the modern number system. Mathematics is a language system, but it differs in one important respect from our other language systems; knowing that the number 8 follows the number 7 is all there is to know of the number 8. Words of a language shift in meaning through the ages; the tones of musical compositions have a sensuous quality. But numbers lack meaning, substance, and sensuous quality. They are arbitrary marks with nothing more than is put into them by
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    the rule of straight succession.
    the definition of an arbitrary origin.
    the isolation of equal units.
    the operations of simple arithmetic.

  11. Plato preached that judges should not be young; they should have learned to know evil not from their own soul but from late and strong observation of the nature of evil in others; their knowledge of evil should not be obtained from
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    personal experience.
    their friends.

  13. The sufficiency of an explanation depends upon the related knowledge of the person to whom it is given. As our knowledge in any field increases, we demand more adequate explanations of its phenomena. A specialist would probably consider trivial and inadequate an explanation that was satisfactory to
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    other specialists.
    superior minds.
    the general public.

  15. Even where markets are available, the exchange of commodities is not practical, and frequently not even possible, unless some method of estimating the comparative values of the commodities is available to facilitate the transaction. This requirement has resulted in the development of
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  17. In eighteenth-century England, poetic language had sharply diverged from the general current of language usage. Wordsworth led a revolt against abstruse circumlocutions in poetry, and worded his own poetry to a great extent in
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    elaborate rhyme schemes.
    praise of God and nature.
    the noble ancient phrases.
    familiar and homely terms.

  19. Every war consumes greater and greater amounts of materials. Some of the essential materials needed by the United States are produced by that country, and some are purchased from other countries. With preparation against the contingency of another war and the need for essential material, the United States cannot set a limit on what may be set aside for military purposes. The country must, however, recognize that the military must be responsible for holding its demands for materials to the lowest levels consistent with
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    adequate military strength.
    the civilian living standard.
    the availability of foreign materials.
    resources in native materials.

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