I hope that our work together will enhance your study plans. In
this small book, I've attempted to distill some general themes and
specific facts which you may find of further use in your studies.
I generally tutor all day on Sundays at the Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center. Before midterms and finals, I'll be available for
additional sessions weekday evenings between 7 and 10 pm up at
the Medical Center.
there take the 1, 9, or A trains up to 168th street. After exiting the
subway, walk west along 168th street alongside the hospital.
Cross Fort Washington where 168th street turns into Haven
Avenue and continue for one more block past the Psych. Institute
until you reach Bard Hall (the nearest cross street is 169th). Enter
at 60 Haven Avenue, show your CU ID and take the elevators to
the 7th floor.
exiting the subway, walk half a block West and enter the hospital through the driveway. Show your CUID at the hospital reception desk and then take a right, continuing through two sets of double doors until you reach the student lounge on your right.
above but continue further along Haven Avenue until you reach
171st street. The Deli will be on your right. Table space and
coffee are provided in ample proportions.
Please call in advance if you can't make a scheduled appointment. I'll try my best to schedule a make-up, but appointments that are missed without sufficient notice are subject to the usual fee.
I'd be happy to answer questions over the phone, but please don't
call after midnight. I'll try to return messages by the end of the
Sometimes it's easier to send information such as your schedule,
or a last-minute written problem by FAX. Kinko's Copies has a
public FAX service at $2 a page.
It was the Enlightenment philosopher Kant who outlined the
distinction between analytic and synthetic knowledge. By
organizing information, analytic thought can facilitate human
understanding but not necessarily add to it. On the other hand,
synthetic knowledge adds to our understanding by creating new
structures and connections among information. Why and how
synthetic knowledge is possible is one of the greatest mysteries
and miracles of life.
When it comes to learning similar precepts also apply. There is
both an analytic and synthetic approach to the assimilation of
knowledge, with the latter overlapping the process of scholarly
and artistic creation. Descartes\u2032Discourse on Method written in
1637 presents perhaps the best explication of "analytic" learning.
To guide the mind, he laid down four rules which sound strikingly
concerned with the search for truth, beginning with
the things which were simplest and easiest to
understand, and gradually and by degrees reaching
toward more complex knowledge, even treating, as
though ordered, materials which were not necessarily
reviewing, always to make enumerations so
complete, and reviews so general, that I would be
certain that nothing was omitted\u2026
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