In other words, syntopic reading does not concern existing experts. It’s about you and the problems you’re trying to solve, in this case for your own readers.In that sense, the books you read are just tools that allow you to gain an understanding that t never really existed before. You have merged the information in these books with your own life experience and other knowledge to make new connections and new perspectives. You, my friend, are now an expert in your own right. Here are the five stages of syntopic reading: 1. Inspection Inspection reading is essential to syntopical reading.
You Need to QuicklyIdentify the Five (or 15)
Books you need to read from a sea of outrageous titles. Then you also need to quickly identify the relevant parts and passages that meet your unique purpose. 2. Assimilating In analytical reading, you identify the language chosen by the author by spotting the terms of the art and the keywords of the author. This time, you assimilate each author’s language in the terms of the art and keywords you choose, whether by accepting an author’s language or designing your own terminology. 3. Questions This time, the focus is on the questions you want answered (problems solved), as opposed to the problems each author wants to solve. This may require you to draw inferences if a particular author does not answer one of your questions directly.
If an Author Does NotAnswer One of Your Questions,
You have missed the inspection phase. 4. Problems When you ask a good question, you haveidentified a problem. When experts have different or conflicting answers to the same question, you are able to flesh out all aspects of an issue, based on existing literature. When you understand multiple points of view within an individual issue, you can intelligently discuss the issue and come to your own conclusion (which may differ from everyone else’s, thereby broadening the issue and hopefully adding unique value. ). 5. Chat Determining “truth” via syntopic reading isn’t really the point, as disagreements about truth abound on any topic.