This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...must be able to entertain and instruct those with whom we associate. The faculty of communicating ideas is peculiar to man, and the pleasure which he derives from the interchange alone is one of the most important of his blessings. Mankind are formed with numberless wants, and with a mutual power of assisting each other. It is a beautiful and happy part of the same perfect plan, that they are likewise formed to delight in each other's company, and in the mutual interchange of their thoughts. The different species of communication, in a highly polished age, are as numerous as the different ranks, employments and occupations of men; and indeed the knowledge which men wish to communicate takes its tinge from their peculiar possession or occupation. Thus commercial men delight to talk of their trade, and of the nature of public business; men of pleasure, who wish merely to vary or quicken their amusements, are in conversation light, trifling, and insincere; and the literati delight to dwell on new books, learned men, and important discoveries in science or in arts. But as the different classes of men will frequently meet together, all parties must so contrive matters, as to combine the useful and agreeable together, so as to give the greatest delight at the time, and the greatest pleasure on reflection. An attention to these principles would make the man of pleasure and the man of learning meet together on equal terms, and derive mutual advantage from their different qualifications. With due attention to such ideas, we proceed to mention the kinds of knowledge which are most fitted for conversation. Those who wish to please should particularly endeavour to be informed in those points which most generally occur. An accurate or extensive knowledge on...
Charles W. Butler is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Dr. Butler teaches and conducts research in information technology (IT) and collaborates with IT managers in developing improved management strategies and processes, including software development methodologies, and metrics and quality assurance for traditional and object software. He served in the role of Chief Software Scientist for McCabe & Associates in Columbia, Maryland and completed consulting engagements in over fifty Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he works
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