Nothing so practical as a good theory

‘There is nothing so practical as a good theory.’


On a day-to-day basis, you might not be aware of it but you are constantly using the skills of critical thinking. Whether you are shopping for food, deciding on your career, or deciding what to write about next, it is crucial that you make the right decisions. A good theory will inform your ideas and help get them across effectively. In fact, a good theory will probably allow you to do without all the fancy rhetoric and illustrations, and just focus on getting right to the point.

  • It answers questions for which there are no answers now —
  • it explores how something might be — and it suggests avenues to explore, experiments to run, predictions to make.