Thinking as Process or Product?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 254–255. Reviews the book, The Process of Thinking by Marc Belth (1977). The author offers this text on thinking primarily for students in education. Half of the book is concerned with characteristics of thinking in the different academic disciplines. There are chapters on poetic thinking, historical thinking, and thinking in the social and physical sciences. What the author has written is a reasonable and readable discussion of certain types of products of the process of thinking. He has not written about the process itself. A valuable message that comes from this work, and the one that will be most useful for Belth's students as well as for psychologists, is that not to recognize the nature of the metaphors. There are several other pearls of wisdom that appear in the text that are highly quotable. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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