Don’t take notes on what a speaker says.

Take notes on the thoughts you get from what you hear. You must learn to listen less and think more, because the more you listen, the more you memorize, and try to be smarter. The more you think, the more you realize that it doesn’t do you any good to be smart. It’s better to be plain and simple and real.

– Charlie “Tremendous” Jones,
The KellyGram, April 2010 issue.

In the brain, three of these functions

are learning concepts and facts (memorizing), remembering and thinking. Learning is the process of absorbing information and forming patterns in the brain. Remembering is the process of recalling these patterns and creating mental images of what we remember. Thinking consists of taking these structures and creating new structures reflecting something “new”, a new concept or a new fact. Today, computer memory is much more reliable then human memory while computer thinking is worse. So its interesting to consider a new educational paradigm where we shift the emphasis from memorizing-remembering to thinking, relying on search engines and the internet for the memory as opposed to traditional learning, i.e. content mastery via the memorization route. The brain is highly complex and only now are we beginning to understand the basics of memory. Understanding thinking seems to be quite a way in the future.”

Frank Starmer

Faith according to our Lord’s teaching in this paragraph, is primarily thinking;

and the whole trouble with a man of little faith is that he does not think. He allows circumstances to bludgeon him. …

We must spend more time in studying our Lord’s lessons in observation and deduction. The Bible is full of logic, and we must never think of faith as something purely mystical. We do not just sit down in an armchair and expect marvelous things to happen to us. That is not Christian faith. Christian faith is essentially thinking. Look at the birds, think about them, draw your deductions. Look at the grass, look at the lilies of the field, consider them. …

Faith, if you like, can be defined like this: It is a man insisting upon thinking when everything seems determined to bludgeon and knock him down in an intellectual sense.

The trouble with the person of little faith is that, instead of controlling his own thought, his thought is being controlled by something else, and, as we put it, he goes round and round in circles. That is the essence of worry. … That is not thought; that is the absence of thought, a failure to think.

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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