Get Organised and Transform Your Life

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Get Organised and Transform Your Life

By: Lorraine Pirihi

It takes effort to get results, and not just any effort, it takes smart effort. You cannot expect to achieve anything without doing something. Unfortunately in our society today, people are making an enormous effort to keep themselves busy all day, yet for many they look at what they have done and realised that much of the time had been wasted. They review their day and wonder what they had achieved.

You need to plan, focus and take action on what you want to achieve to get the outcome you desire. You need to get organised!

My Story

Last year I was in a shop trying on a shirt and I asked a lady who was also in the changing rooms how it looked on me. (I never ask the sales assistant as they usually tell you it looks great regardless of whether it does or not). She thought it looked great and I must confess, I thought so too! Still, being a woman I like to have someone else to confirm it.

Now here's what I found both flattering and interesting. The lady said "The shirt looks great, I wish I had the same body". She was referring to my body! That got me excited! That's the first time someone had said that to me. Mind you this woman was about 15 kg overweight and would probably think that about anyone who was smaller than her.

I replied "Thank you! (and then blurted out in a nice way) However, you could too, just exercise regularly and eat healthily". I forgot to mention she had an open packet of potato chips in her bag. This lady probably thought I was born this way, one of the lucky ones who could eat and drink anything they wanted and walked occasionally for exercise.

It takes effort

What this lady didn't know was that every morning I drag myself out of bed at 5.) 30 a.m. to work out at the local gym. And I do that regardless of how cold or wet it is, how tired I am, whether it's summer or winter. I pay the price to get the results. I'm also particular about food, trying wherever possible to eat low fat, low sugar food and drink plenty of water.

If there's an easier alternative, a magic pill which will miraculously keep the weight off, body toned and make me feel great consistently without harming my health, please let me know. Until then, I'll keep paying the price and making the effort because the results are worth it.

Pay Yourself First

Having read the last couple of paragraphs you might say "why doesn't she exercise later in the day?". The reason I don't is that I am a "morning" person and know that by going to bed earlier and getting up early I can get it over with first thing. Otherwise if I chose to exercise later, chances are circumstances would arise and I'd postpone it.

One of my coaching clients is a runner. He originally rang me because his work and his life was out of control. He runs 20 kms a day and has done so for many years. I asked him how did he manage to religiously run every morning before work yet couldn't seem to leave the office by 5.) 30 p.m. each night. He answered "It's easy to jump out of bed in the morning and run, there's nothing or no-one able to stop me at that hour (5.) 30 a.m.). Yet when I'm at work there are too many demands on my time and they seem to always arise late in the day."

Learn to pay yourself first. Just like George Classon wrote in his book "The Richest Man In Babylon", take 10% of whatever you earn and pay yourself first. Use it to invest, otherwise there will never be anything left once you pay everything else. And I'm sure many of you can relate to that.

How to Pay Yourself First

You need to make yourself the first priority. Ensure you allow time each and every day to action your own personal agenda.

Here's a couple of ideas to get you started:

Block out time each day in your diary for your exercise. Eg. Walk at 6.) 00 a.m. or lunchtime. Plan that first.

Block out time each day to follow up on your personal issues. Eg. Book dental appointment, respond to phone calls, contact bank. Do that early in the day otherwise you'll run out of time and leave it

Make sure that you stick to it. Learn to say 'no' if other people want to make other plans for you during those 'me' times. You must take care of yourself first. You have the power to say 'yes' or 'no' to other people's demands on your time. Treat yourself as your no. 1 priority.

The Final Word

When you decide (yes, that right), it's when you decide to make yourself the highest priority in your life, you'll find how much easier it is to live your life. When you decide you're worth it, it will be easy for you to say 'no' to other people's demands/requests. Of course, you'll need to learn how to organise yourself so that you are effective as possible.

About The Author

Lorraine Pirihi, principal of The Office Organiser (http://www.office-organiser.com.au) is Australia's Personal Productivity Coach

Lorraine specialises in working with businesspeople showing them how to dramatically boost their productivity, reduce the stress and the mess in their lives and have more time for enjoying their life.

We Offer a Broad Range of Services and Products including:

  • Coaching for small business owners and professionals
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Take action today! Contact Lorraine to discuss your specific needs at lorraine@office-organiser.com.au

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Scally Marcaida 15.10.2012. 10:19

How to explain this in 3 paragraphs and in 5 sentences? A linear equation can be described using many different forms, but it still retains identity. That is a line written in general form, slope-intercept form, point-slope form, two-point form, or intercepts form will always be the same line with the same properties. Like a linear equation, we are being transformed into new individuals as a result of life's experiences and challenges. Describe a narrative of an experience that transformed your life into who you are at the moment, but still maintained the same person that you were before.

Scally Marcaida

Admin 15.10.2012. 10:19

I always hated these in school. I'm one of those guys that likes to keep his home life separate from his professional life, and let's face it, right now your school is pretty much your job. Awkward and personal questions like that tend to make it hard to keep that separation. You've got to deal with your teacher for the rest of the semester, right?

Thankfully you don't have to do a lot of writing. The kinds of experiences I usually pick for these assignments are generic "everyone does it" stuff. Any kind of learning experience would work for your assignment. Have you learned how to drive yet? Or pick another subject at school that you're good with. How did it feel when you first learned how to type faster than 20 WPM? That kind of thing.

Once you have a topic, the best way to actually get it done is to just write. Ignore the format, and get your thoughts down on paper. Sentence after sentence. The idea is that once you do that, you can throw away stuff you don't need, and make the rest of it fit the format. That's way easier than trying to cram everything into an outline, because our ideas (well mine at least) don't really come in an outline format. My memories aren't organized into introductions, supporting sentences, and conclusions, are yours? Mine are details - what it felt like when I was on a roller coaster that was about to make its first drop or maybe a couple bars from a song that's stuck in my head. So that's how I write at first - just a bunch of details that I can put together into a story later.

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A 11.09.2009. 05:29

How are the characteristics of life dependent on metabolism? How are the characteristics of life dependent on metabolism?

Define the term "metabolism" as it applies to the characteristics of life.

A

Admin 11.09.2009. 05:29

without cell reproduction life on tis planet as we know it would cease to exist because we would cease to exist
this is what wikipedia says:
Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that occur in living organisms to maintain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. Metabolism is usually divided into two categories. Catabolism breaks down organic matter, for example to harvest energy in cellular respiration. Anabolism, on the other hand, uses energy to construct components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids.

The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed into another by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable but thermodynamically unfavorable reactions by coupling them to favorable ones, and because they act as catalysts to allow these reactions to proceed quickly and efficiently. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or signals from other cells.

The metabolism of an organism determines which substances it will find nutritious and which it will find poisonous. For example, some prokaryotes use hydrogen sulfide as a nutrient, yet this gas is poisonous to animals.[1] The speed of metabolism, the metabolic rate, also influences how much food an organism will require.

A striking feature of metabolism is the similarity of the basic metabolic pathways between even vastly different species. For example, the set of carboxylic acids that are best known as the intermediates in the citric acid cycle are present in all organisms, being found in species as diverse as the unicellular bacteria Escherichia coli and huge multicellular organisms like elephants.[2] These striking similarities in metabolism are most likely the result of the high efficiency of these pathways, and of their early appearance in evolutionary history.[3][4]

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Finn D 29.03.2008. 21:21

What exactly does metabolizing mean? Does metabolizing faster mean the same thing as going to the hayflec limit faster, and reaching maturity faster?
The faster an organizm metablizes, the faster it goes through it's life cycle? Are there two kinds of metablisms ? or two meanings? Can metabolism also mean going through the constant bodily functions and processes, and increase this just makes this faster, but if you do this, by default isn't that organism maturing faster? Or is there some kind of catch 22 here?

Finn D

Admin 29.03.2008. 21:21

Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that occur in living organisms in order to maintain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. Metabolism is usually divided into two categories. Catabolism breaks down large molecules, for example to harvest energy in cellular respiration. Anabolism, on the other hand, uses energy to construct components of cells such as proteins and nucleic acids.

The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed into another by a sequence of enzymes. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable but thermodynamically unfavorable reactions by coupling them to favorable ones. Enzymes also allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes in the cell's environment or signals from other cells.

The metabolism of an organism determines which substances it will find nutritious and which it will find poisonous. For example, some prokaryotes use hydrogen sulfide as a nutrient, yet this gas is poisonous to animals.[1] The speed of metabolism, the metabolic rate, also influences how much food an organism will require.

A striking feature of metabolism is the similarity of the basic metabolic pathways between even vastly different species. For example, the set of carboxylic acids that are best known as the intermediates in the citric acid cycle are present in all organisms, being found in species as diverse as the unicellular bacteria Escherichia coli and huge multicellular organisms like elephants.[2] These striking similarities in metabolism are most likely the result of the high efficiency of these pathways, and of their early appearance in evolutionary history.

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saddas260 17.07.2008. 12:21

Is there any business activity today that does not involve IT? Information technology (IT) is transforming every aspect of business life. I am wondering if there is any business activity today which does not involve IT.

saddas260

Admin 17.07.2008. 12:21

I don't think there is. If you look at what IT is used for - communications, email, telephone, fax, letters, reports, services.

Things that used to be done on paper are now done with IT. Even libraries have massive uses of IT for things like organising books or using RFID technology to enable easier rentals/returns.

Im confident that even a company that claims not to use IT will do somewhere down the line - for instance a HR role or tech support!

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Minion of darkness, Mary 28.09.2008. 19:00

Do you think religion/spirituality does a human more good or bad? I'm talking about becoming spiritual in general, not "well, if there wasn't God, we wouldn't be here, so it does complete good!", that's not the question. Just if anyone becomes religious in general, do think it will help them more in life or bring them down? Your thoughts? There is no right or wrong answer, and I'll only give thumbs down to non-respectful answers, but besides them I won't put thumbs up or thumbs down.

Minion of darkness, Mary

Admin 28.09.2008. 19:00

I will answer from personal experience and say that faith in Jesus has definitely done me more good than bad and I'm convinced that everyone I know will agree with me on this one...

Prior to putting my trust in Jesus I was a drug dealing, womanising, foul mouthed alcoholic who thought that fun involved going out clubbing, smoking some dope, getting very drunk and taking a different woman home each night. I lived for myself and rarely gave a thought for others at all...

Since becoming a Christian all this has changed...

Now my life is characterised by the good things that I do rather than the bad. I worked at a homeless drop-in center for several years before heading to Malawi (among the 10 poorest nations in the world) to work as a missionary - church planting and social development. I have had the privilege to help 20 families learn to read and develop skills which has enabled them to establish small businesses which I have helped them develop with my accounting skills and background. I have helped develop nursery schools and community clinics and had the privilege of showing this life changing faith to many Malawian villagers.

Instantly I know that this thought (aaarrgghhh he's ruining communities and cultures) will get people's backs up. But how about if I told you that the three villages we work into were characterised by alcoholism, sexual abuse and pedophilia before we started working into them. Now they have educated women, nursery schools, a growing primary school and better developed agricultural projects. All this and more... Now they have a hope, a reason for living. It was this absence of hope that had led them where they were and the hope we have brought teaches them about loving, living in harmony, belief in a personal God (rather than the distant deity they did believe in). These villages are transformed and the people are deeply grateful that the organisation I work with came to show them this hope...

My experience is that true religion (or at least a true faith in the Christ demonstrated by the way a person seeks to love and live like Jesus) always improves and enriches a person's life - never damages it.

There are many people who find organised religion and become judgmental and hypocritical as a result... Such people are not followers of Jesus and what they have found is little short of religious affiliation rather than faith. For some people therefore, I concede, religion might do some harm - but all harm? I don't think so...

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Jose Calderon 14.11.2010. 03:35

Jane Adams Explain the settlement house movement and what it was designed to achieve? In what ways was in an effort to transform or improve american society and democracy? How do you evaluate the efforts of the hull house settlement to improve the lives of immigrants?

Jose Calderon

Admin 14.11.2010. 03:35

Settlement houses were run in part by client groups. They emphasized social reform rather than relief or assistance. (Residence, research, and reform were the three Rs of the movement.) Early sources of funding were wealthy individuals or clubs such as the Junior League. Settlement house workers were educated poor persons, both children and adults, who often engaged in social action on behalf of the community. In attaining their goals, the settlement house reformers had an enviable record. They had a realistic understanding of the social forces and the political structures of the city and nation. They battled in legislative halls as well as in urban slums, and they became successful initiators and organizers of reform.
Settlement workers tried to improve housing conditions, organized protests, offered job-training and labor searches, supported organized labor, worked against child labor, and fought against corrupt politicians. They provided classes in art and music and offered lectures on topics of interest. They established playgrounds, day care, kindergartens, and classes in English literacy. Settlement workers were also heavily involved in research to identify the factors causing need and in activities intended to eliminate the factors that caused the need.
Settlement houses assumed as their operational base the adequate functioning of the families they served, many of whom were migrants and immigrants whose problems were associated with making the transition from rural to urban living and from a known to an unknown culture. Whatever their problems, clients of settlement houses were viewed as able, normal, working-class families with whom the wealthier classes were joined in mutual dependence. When such families could not cope, settlement leaders assumed that society itself was at fault, and this assumption led quite naturally to a drive for societal reform.
The most famous settlement house in America was Hull-House of Chicago. Although it was not the first American settlement, Hull-House came to exemplify the particular brand of research, service, and reform that was to characterize much of the American settlement house movement. Jane Addams and her friend, Ellen Gates Starr, moved into a poor immigrant neighborhood in Chicago. They had vague notions of being "good neighbors" to the poor around them and studying the conditions in which they lived. As they observed the structural elements of poverty, however, the two began to create a specific agenda of services and reform. Exploitation of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, poor employment conditions and inadequate wages, lack of educational opportunities, substandard housing, and inefficient city government were the factors that contributed greatly to the poverty of the area and called for specific responses. Hull-House soon offered a day nursery for children, a club for working girls, lectures and cultural programs, and meeting space for neighborhood political groups.
Along with a remarkable group of reformers who came to live at the settlement, Addams supported labor union activity, lobbied city officials for sanitary and housing reforms, and established the Immigrants' Protective League to fight discrimination in employment and other exploitation of newcomers. In addition, Hull-House members carried on an active program of research. Residents surveyed conditions in tenements and workplaces. They publicized their results widely, attempting to create an atmosphere conducive to governmental and legislative reform.
Under Adam's leadership a powerful network of women social reformers emerged from the Hull-House setting that was influential throughout the United States. Three-fourths of settlement workers in America were women; most were well educated and dedicated to working on problems of urban poverty. These included Julia Lathrop and Grace Abbott, prominent figures in the U.S. Children's Bureau; Florence Kelley, labor and consumer advocate; Alice Hamilton, physician and social activist; and Edith Abbott and Sophronia's Breckenridge, social researchers and key leaders in the development of social work education. In addition to these women, Mary O'Sullivan, a labor leader and reformer, organized the Chicago Women's Bindery Workers' Union in 1889. In 1892, she became the American Federation of Labor's first woman organizer. Additionally, Lucy Flower helped found the Illinois Training School for Nurses, the Chicago Bureau of Charities, the Cook County Juvenile Court, the Protective Agency for Women and Children, and the Lake Geneva Fresh Air Association for poor urban children.

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Chris 11.08.2008. 04:56

How do you properly write a textbook chapter outline? I need to outline 3 chapters of my Ap Biology textbook for my sophomore year.

Last year my teacher hasn't properly teached us about outlining too much since she's been absent for like 3/4 of the school year.

This is how I'm currently outlining so far. >.<
___________________________________________________________
Chapter 1
Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life

Inquiring About the World of Life
- Evolution is the process of change that has transformed life on Earth form is earliest beginnings to the diversity of organisms living today,
- Evolution is known to be the fundamental organizing principle of biology and the main theme of the book.
- Biology is the scientific study of life; it is to discover an ongoing question about the nature of life.
- Scientific Inquiry is how scientists raise and attempt to answer questions about the natural world.
__________________________________________________________

That's what I have done so far. Any suggestions or help on outlining?

Chris

Admin 11.08.2008. 04:56

the way i was taught was to:
I. name of chapter
-name of section (like "inquiring about the world of life")
----write down 3 key points about hat section (basically summarize)
-next section
----you key points again

etc...

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kflorentino22 04.04.2007. 18:55

What is the best way to go about water fasting? I am very overweight and also very impatient. I know starving yourself to lose weight is not good because when you start eating again, you gain back even more. I think water fasting has a good reputation but I don't know the best way to start it and follow through with it and then of course to end it. What do I have to be careful about?

kflorentino22

Admin 04.04.2007. 18:55

I did a liquid fast for 7 days and lost 10 pounds. I drink whatever I wanted, even milk shakes from McDonald's. I started back eating and put all the weight back on within 10 days plus some.

I don't recommend it because you are not dealing with "why" you over eat, so when you are off the fast, you return to your same eating patterns and gain the weight back.

Here is some information on fasting:

You will not starve. You will not instantly become thin. Fasting is consuming only liquids. When the body does not have to deal with digesting solid food and getting rid of the waste that solid food creates, it can concentrate on getting rid of toxins. The most common reason to fast is to eliminate disease or from the body.



How much weight will I lose?

The main benefit offered by a fast, to those who wish to lose weight, is the speed of the weight loss. To see a person drop 30-to-40 pounds in a 30-day juice fast is to see a person totally transform his life. Self-esteem is given a boost and for the first time in their life, discipline becomes a lifestyle. The fast becomes a catalyst for a total life overhaul. People start dressing better, showing more confidence, becoming more organized, more dedicated in relationships and more at peace.

Initially, weight loss can be as high as three-to-four pounds per day, but as the fast continues, the average loss will be one pound-per-day. If you are juice fasting and not losing weight, the juice is supplying all the calories you need. You may have to cut down on the juices or alternate between water fasting and juice fasting if losing weight is part of your goal. The slower your metabolism is the slower the weight loss.

Try to stay focused on the healthy things you are doing to improve your life rather than being consumed with the number of pounds lost each day. Water retention can vary your weight five pounds so watching the scale can be frustrating. The best motivation to fast is for physical and spiritual health. Be patient; the fasting process is slow. Be thankful the toxins are leaving your body. Do not have unrealistic expectations. Give your body the time it needs to do the work of cleansing.

Fasting And Metabolism

The fear is that while fasting, the metabolism will slow down and afterward there will be more weight gained than before the fast. Initially, any calorie reduction will cause a lowering in the BMR or base metabolic rate. Cleansing will bring health that will increase metabolic performance and energy output. In other words, you will eat less and feel more energetic.

After fasting, the body is more efficient. Digestion is better due to a cleaner colon. The colon walls have been cleansed of impacted feces, allowing improved absorption of nutrients. The good news is that greater efficiency equals enhanced energy. Healthy people burn more calories. They also eat less because they are more active and feel better about themselves. They don't need food as a security blanket.

The greatest impact you can have on increasing your resting metabolism is exercise. After a workout, you can be sitting on the couch reading while burning calories, as the muscles are grabbing glucose from the blood to replace glycogen supplies. The key to weight loss is fewer calories and more exercise. A diet high in raw food provides fewer, low-density calories, and higher-fiber, more-filling foods.

Oh, by the way, a slower metabolism diminishes aging. A tortoise can live to 400 hundred years of age.

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Andrew B 07.08.2010. 19:26

How do you study for math? I was thinking of ways to improve my study habits, and it occurred to me that i may be studying math wrong. Do you use any special techniques, or do you just do the problems over and over? I've seen people take notes on graph paper, i'm going to try that this year, to help organize my notes. Any other suggestions?

Currently taking: differentials of Eq.

Andrew B

Admin 07.08.2010. 19:26

Differential equations (if that is what you are talking about) is a course where you can still get away with learning by repetition. Do enough of the problems, and you can pick up some of the insight required to do problems in general.

Beyond this, the way you study for math is to learn the methods, do your homework, and *understand* everything. Then, come examination time, your understanding will be robust enough to allow you to solve anything (hopefully). In math courses (and other fields), a well written examination at higher levels will involve synthesis of concepts you have learned and applied in isolated scenarios, so that it examines if you can put everything together. You cannot predict these kinds of problems, and they are not going to be like the homework. Which is why understanding and really knowing how and *why* things work is important.

At this point though, as stated, Differential equations is very mechanical, many students get through it by repetition and not really learning anything. I recommend you understand/learn as much as you can, you will be using these methods throughout the rest of your college career (if you are in physics/engineering), differential equations show up everywhere, everyday. Most people forget a lot of it when they get through the class, but if you remember these things you will have a leg up on people.

You will learn things in this course like seeking exponential solutions to linear, constant coefficient differential equations, you should figure out *why* that works. Same goes with why you sometimes append factors to it if you have "repeated roots in your characteristic equation" (if you have not learned about it yet, you will). Many students just know this, but have no idea why it works or why one even does it. Knowing the ins and outs of these methods will allow you to take your problem solutions a step further, because you are not guessing anymore.

Pro tip: if this really is a differential equations course, and you move onto Laplace transforms at the end of your course like many schools do make sure you learn convolutions (again you will see when you get to it). Most students are intimidated and just do not understand them at all, and resort to longer methods (partial fractions) to get the same result. Your work can be compressed significantly if you engage convolutions when others use partial fractions, and further, sometimes partial fractions will just not work (but that will not stop people who *only* know that method from trying). On my final exam, there was a problem unsolvable by partial fractions, we all tried it, none of us got it. I do not mean it is a good idea to learn this just for exams, but just for life. Convolutions are almost always faster by a substantial amount than other methods.

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Becca 03.12.2007. 21:38

Can anybody help me with a thesis statement? i need help on my reasearch paper. im doing it on socrates. and i need a thesis statement that will stand out. something about how he changes pplz lifes.
if any one can help thanks it would be abb. appreciated.

Becca

Admin 03.12.2007. 21:38

A thesis is the result of a lengthy thinking process. Formulating a thesis is not the first thing you do after reading an essay assignment. Before you develop an argument on any topic, you have to collect and organize evidence, look for possible relationships between known facts (such as surprising contrasts or similarities), and think about the significance of these relationships. Once you do this thinking, you will probably have a "working thesis," a basic or main idea, an argument that you think you can support with evidence but that may need adjustment along the way.

If you have done your research and your analysis, you should have a working thesis. Assuming you do, and you have written the rest of your paper (always start in the middle) - the conclusion and introduction come last. You might need to modify your working thesis based on what you have learned.

If your paper is about how Socrates changed people's lives and your subsequent paragraphs and conclusion support this, then a statement about how he changed peoples lives is exactly what you need.

I don't know where in your research you came of with the thesis that he changed people's lives.

The most interesting and influential thinker in the fifth century was Socrates, whose dedication to careful reasoning transformed the entire enterprise. Since he sought genuine knowledge rather than mere victory over an opponent, Socrates employed the same logical tricks developed by the Sophists to a new purpose, the pursuit of truth. Thus, his willingness to call everything into question and his determination to accept nothing less than an adequate account of the nature of things make him the first clear exponent of critical philosophy.

Although he was well known during his own time for his conversational skills and public teaching, Socrates wrote nothing, so we are dependent upon his students (especially Xenophon and Plato) for any detailed knowledge of his methods and results. The trouble is that Plato was himself a philosopher who often injected his own theories into the dialogues he presented to the world as discussions between Socrates and other famous figures of the day. Nevertheless, it is usually assumed that at least the early dialogues of Plato provide a (fairly) accurate representation of Socrates himself.

Socrates wrote nothing because he felt that knowledge was a living, interactive thing. Socrates' method of philosophical inquiry consisted in questioning people on the positions they asserted and working them through questions into a contradiction, thus proving to them that their original assertion was wrong.

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