Saturday, March 12, 2022

"Nay there is no stond or impediment in the wit, but may be wrought out by fit studies like as diseases of the body may have appropriate exercises."-- Explain.

This sentence occurs in Bacon's essay 'Of Studies'. Here Bacon points out that various mental defects can be removed by proper studies. The diseases of the body can be cured by appropriate physical exercise, so the mental defects or drawbacks may be remedied by the study of different types of subjects. Bowling, says Ba con is a good exercise for the diseases of kidney and stone, shooting is good for the lungs and breasts, gentle walking is good for the stomach, riding for the head. Similarly if a man's wit or intelligence be wandering, i.e., if he finds it difficult to concentrate his mind, he should take up the study of mathematics for knowledge of mathematics will help him in clear, consecutive and logical thinking. His mind will then cease to wander aimlessly. If a man is unable to understand subtle distinctions and differences, he should read the works of scholastic philosophers who are experts in making subtle distinctions. If one finds it difficult to prove one's case by citing suitable examples, then one should study the lawyer's cases where he would find how a lawyer presents his cases before a court of law. Thus, for every type of intellectual defect there is an appropriate subject to remove that defect. This is stated by Bacon in the last line of his essay, every defect of the mind may have a special receit, i.e., remedy.

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