MAKING TRUTH RELEVANT
In trying to explain something to others it’s wise to remember this fundamental rule of communications: “One specific is worth a hundred generalities.” In 1847 the great naturalist Agassiz gave an address at a meeting of teachers. The subject was grasshoppers. “I passed round a jar of the insects and made every teacher hold one while I lectured,” Agassiz recorded. And if a teacher dropped his grasshopper, Agassiz waited until he picked it up. He insisted that his abstract words be related to the real animal they held in their palms. Bits & Pieces.
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