Until you’ve completed your understanding, you don’t have the right to say I agree, I disagree, or I suspend judgment. Much like a conversation, you need to give the author the chance to express herself fully before passing judgment. If you interrupted the author at each sentence to say she’s wrong, you’re not having a — conversation that can lead to learning. Imagine how silly this sentiment is: “I don’t know what you’re saying, but I disagree.” If a person argues with you but cannot state your argument in her own words, you can reject her criticism.

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How to read a book,by Mortimer Adler

When you read a book, do you find yourself forgetting what you read? Do you regret wasting time on books that you should have skimmed instead?
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