If you're reading this, it's assumed that you
either have completed the course, or at least have worked through as
much of it as you care to for now.
WHAT LIES BEYOND
The study of logic is by no means restricted to
what we've discussed in this course. For example, a field called
predicate logic vastly expands the capabilities of statement
logic's symbolic notation; however, it's probably more than most people
would care to tackle, since in most cases the prospective benefits of
mastering it might not be worth the effort to acquire such mastery.
Of somewhat more practical utility is probability logic, which is
intertwined with statistics. Although statistics is a valuable
tool for making sense of numerical data, it's more of a specialists'
field, and is thus outside the scope of our modest effort just to equip
people with basic critical thinking skills.
As has already been stated elsewhere, Fourth R
Applied Philosophy charges no fees and makes no demands. This is
perhaps understandable, considering that it also offers no diplomas,
awards, or even gold stars, let alone a graduation ceremony.
Indeed, we won't even wish you luck—because by now you should have
something much better. With practice, consistent use, and the
determination to deal honestly with reality (as nearly as we can discern
it in light of available evidence), good reasoning skills have the effect
of relegating luck to a relatively minor role.
However, we offer you our congratulations on your accomplishment, and thank you for your
IF WE MIGHT ASK A SMALL FAVOR
If you've found this course beneficial—or even
if you haven't—we value your frank insights as a participant. If
you can spare another moment or two, we'd very much appreciate your
thoughts—positive or negative—about this course, plus any suggestions to
help make it a more worthwhile experience for others.
offer your feedback on this course and website, The Fourth R:
And, speaking of others, we'd be delighted if
you spread the word about Fourth R among your family, friends, and
colleagues—and to your local and state boards of education. We
don't condone spamming, but we'd consider your personal recommendation a
favor. Thank you again!
S. A. Joyce
on behalf of