ENG210.docx - Nate Madison ENG210 Prof Mathai The Reading of Reading by Mortimer Adler is the second chapter of his popular book about learning to

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Nate Madison January 15, 2018 ENG210, Prof. Mathai The Reading of “Reading ” by Mortimer Adler is the second chapter of his popular book about learning to become a better reader. The book, fittingly titled How to Read a Book , became very popular when it was first published back in 1940, and the advice it offers is still relevant to the readers of today. In this section, Adler takes a look at what it actually means to read a book. The word “Read” has many definitions, and he takes his time to explain the differences between them. Quite obviously, there are differences between reading a book, a palm, emotions, or a situation. We can however, find a common connection between them; in all of these examples, symbols or signs are interpreted to gain information or make predictions. When dealing with language, reading means to interpret or understand material presented in written form. This is not a difficult process, and is taught to children in most countries. Why then, does Adler make the bold statement that most people do not know how to properly read? He doesn’t mean to say you cannot understand writing or that you cannot learn from it. Rather, he explains that there are two kinds of reading. There is reading to gain information, but then there is also reading to better your understanding. If you immediately understand and agree with everything a writer is communicating, you may be gaining information, but you are not challenging yourself and are not challenging your understanding of that topic. The same goes for someone who does not immediately understand everything a writer is communicating, and tries to get the information using outside materials. This kind of reader chooses to use summaries, or friends who are better readers, or maybe to just decide that what is over their head isn’t worth bothering about. “If you do these things, you are not doing the job of reading that the book requires. That is done in one way only. Without external help, you take the book into your study and work on it. With nothing but the power of your mind, you operate on the symbols before you in such a way that you gradually lif yourself from a state of understanding less to one of understanding more. Such elevation, accomplished by the mind working on a book, is reading, the kind of reading that a book which challenges your understanding deserves.” (Adler)
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This is the second type of reading. The type that, in and of itself, increases your personal understanding. You are teaching yourself with this kind of reading, and it is a skill that must be learned and practiced. This is the type of studious reading that Adler wants his readers to adopt. Nate Madison January 15, 2018 ENG210, Prof. Mathia I found that the second chapter from Adler’s How to Read a Book was very accurate when it was discussing the two “types” of reading. There really is a difference between reading just to get the basic facts, and reading to push yourself to a greater understanding. I definitely feel like the chapter is especially relevant to readers of today. In our culture, a lot of our
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