Accurate thinking has at its base two simple fundamental types of reasoning:
1. Inductive Reasoning is used when you don’t have the necessary facts. In this case, you must act on hypothesis or what you assume the facts to be.
2. Deductive Reasoning is used when you believe you have the facts. The next step is to separate facts from fiction or hearsay evidence and determine if dealing with hypotheses or real facts. Once you have determined it is a dependable fact, you must separate out the Important from the Unimportant Facts. You might be surprised at the overwhelming larger number of unimportant facts.
What is an important fact and how do you distinguish it from an unimportant fact?
An important fact is anything that will aid you to any extent whatsoever in attaining your major purpose in life. Everything else should be considered an Unimportant and you should waste no time on this matter.
1. Never accept the opinions of other people as being facts until you have learned the source of those opinions and satisfied yourself of their accuracy.
2. Free advice requires the closest of examination before being acted upon as safe. Generally speaking free advice is worth exactly what it costs.
3. Alert yourself immediately, if someone talks about another in a discourteous or slanderously spirit. This should put you on notice that this information is bias at the very least and may be and outright misrepresentation.
4. When asking others for information, never disclose what you want the information to be, because most people have the bad habit of trying to please under such circumstances.
5. Anything that exists in the universe can be proved. Where no such proof is available it’s safer to assume nothing exists.
6. Truth and falsehood carry with them a silent and invisible means of identifying that they are true or false. Learn to develop your intuitive faculty to enable you to sense what is true and what is false.
Study yourself carefully as you may discover that your emotions are your greatest a handicap in the business of accurate thinking. It is easy for you to believe that which you wish to believe… and that is what most people do.