Re: GoF question
- From: dicconf@xxxxxxxxx (Richard Eney)
- Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 02:15:32 -0000
In article <4451CC16.16CC6150@xxxxxxx>,
richard e white <chiphead@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I can kind of *Get it* that they need to use their wits and
strengths in the task and must go in with nothing but the wand; using
the wand to do what they need. Since Harry *needs* his broom, that
makes it ok at that point? It isn't quite addressed in the book why
he is allowed to obtain the broom, but then I guess I am probably
over-thinking it. I should stick to washing dishes this morning.
In a way yes you are over thinking it. Just think back on the rules they
were told and you will see that vary few things were out of bounds.
I think one of the funny things is that harry and co do the same thing.
They think that ron and HG helping harry is wrong. But the rules say that
harry is not able to get or ask for help from the teachers. It never said
that they couldn't get help from other students.
Right. I kept wondering why they were doing that.
But people do this all the time. I can't remember the name for it but
it is where the person hearing the rules but their own minds add more
that they think the rules said. People often make things harder than
Someone told me things like that are called
"making an assumption not in evidence." I think the term comes
from the language used in formal debating competitions.
We all do it; it's part of how we survive in a complex world. If we had
to wait until we had all the facts before acting, we'd never do anything.
But we need to be alert to when we are making an assumption, and not just
go by habit and what worked five years ago in a different situation. We
also need to stay alert for new information when it is discovered.
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