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The origin of thinking

October 24, 2011

“The origin of thinking is some perplexity, confusion, or doubt. …There is something that occasions and evokes it.” p4

“One can think reflectively only when one is willing to endure suspense and to undergo the trouble of searching. To many persons both suspense of judgement and intellectual search are disagreeable.” p4

Does fantasy help us learn to ‘endure suspense’? Dewey’s comment certainly reminds me of the term ‘suspension of disbelief’.

John Dewey (2002). Thinking and reflective experience. In A. Pollard (Ed.), Readings for Reflective Practice. (pp.4-5). London: Continuum.


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