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Home Page Essential skills for understanding and making progress. For better or worse, we all now experience progress.
Technological, medical, economic and social progress are part of modern life. New, faster, smaller, cheaper products are being developed and sold to us.
Even people in the most remote areas of the planet are affected. It is a huge force in our lives, but do we understand it?
Is the dream of progress waxing or waning? Do we control progress, or does it control us? This website focuses on The Mechanics of Progress: You can think of progress as being like a car engine.
The car is designed to transport you to your destination, but it is the engine that provides the power.
An engine has components such as a starter motor, lubrication system, etc. Each component provides a discrete function and benefit, but the power of the engine comes from all of these parts working together. The website follows the same pattern.
Each section of the site is a component of the engine and offers essential tools, skills, and advice. Continuing the metaphor, this website uses a symbol to represent the engine of progress. Each section is a component of the engine and a part of the symbol. The sections build on each other and the symbol pulls them together to provide a single narrative.
You move around the labels of the symbol a little like you would move around the numbers on a clock face and each part offers essential tools, skills and advice. The following summary gives you an idea of how the symbol works and provides a structure.
The label on the top of the symbol is Goal.
It is at the top of the symbol because having an objective determines your direction, creates context and defines what you should measure progress against. Once you know where you are going, you can measure your progress towards your destination.
So, in a sense, the goal defines progress. In order to achieve anything, you need to have an idea of what you want to do. Progress is about the future: You set an objective for some point in the future and then work towards it. For an idea to be useful and help it must make a prediction.
It must tell you something about the future you are interested in. However, just like the weather forecast. It is not enough to just make a prediction - anyone can do that - the forecast has to be accurate, and reliable.
Progress needs truth or to put it the other way round if you apply false ideas you are very unlikely to make progress and much more likely to regress.
The next two labels of the symbol are about the truth. The first focuses on testing the truth.THE FALSE ALLURE OF GROUP SELECTION. Human beings live in groups, are affected by the fortunes of their groups, and sometimes make sacrifices that benefit their groups. Tom Willard has generously given us permission to publish his study guide for The Educated Imagination, which he prepared for a freshman seminar back in the nineties and posted at his website; the page references are to the Indiana UP edition.
“The Motive for Metaphor.”. Below you will see a chart of English language word roots that are common prefixes and suffixes to base words. (This list is similar to that which appeared previously on this site.). The text defies easy categorization. Yet the way we categorize the text changes the way we evaluate it.
DB claims it is a travel book, yet it offers no practical information. The invisible hand is a term used by Adam Smith to describe the unintended social benefits of an individual's self-interested actions.  The phrase was employed by Smith with respect to income distribution () and production ().The exact phrase is used just three times in Smith's writings, but has come to capture his notion that individuals' efforts to pursue their own.
In William Faulkner's strange and startling short story 'A Rose for Emily,' the reader is introduced to one of literature's most talked-about female characters: Emily Grierson.