Thursday, February 18, 2010

Learning to read all over again: Addendum

The project of learning to critically read the primary literature is going pretty well so far. I'd like to add another stage to the four stages I mentioned:

5. Selectivity. At this point you become able to read "the literature" as a whole, not just individual papers. You can make a good guess about what's important without having to read everything in excruciating detail.

I'll also note that the stages overlap quite a bit. I'm still mostly in Credulity, but there are some papers I can actually criticize, and some I still fail to understand.

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