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Mans essential characteristic is his rational faculty Mans mind is his basic means of survivalhis only means of gaining knowledge Man cannot survive as animals do by the guidance of mere precepts He cannot provide for his simplest physical needs without a process of thought He needs a process of thought to discover how to plant and grow his food or how to make weapons for hunting His precepts might lead him to a cave if one is availablebut to build the simplest shelter he needs a process of thought No precepts and no instincts will tell him how to light a fire how to weave cloth how to forge tools how to make a wheel how to make an airplane how to perform an appendectomy how to produce an electric light bulb or an electronic tube or a box of matches Yet his life depends on such knowledgeand only a volitional act of his consciousness a process of thought can provide it Informal education is the sharing of this knowledge and formal education provides the building blocks to gain more
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