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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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relating to logical and systematic examination of something to better understand it — often implying some kind of quantitative analysis
  • One sees quite clearly in this dialogue how the analytic knife of Socrates hacks Gorgias' art into pieces.
    Part 4 (48% in)
  • I'm just as happy to be thinking about the rational, analytical, classical world of Phaedrus.
    Part 1 (78% in)
  • His way of looking at things produces a kind of description that can be called an "analytic" description.
    Part 1 (78% in)
  • And to give a fuller description of what this is I want now to turn his analytic approach back upon analyze analysis itself.
    Part 1 (79% in)
  • For example, the feedback mechanism which includes the camshaft and cam chain and tappets and distributor exists only because of an unusual cut of this analytic knife.
    Part 1 (82% in)
  • With a single stroke of analytic thought he split the whole world into parts of his own choosing, split the parts and split the fragments of the parts, finer and finer and finer until he had reduced it to what he wanted it to be.
    Part 1 (83% in)
  • But if this were all there were to him, analytic skill, I would be more than willing to shut up about him.
    Part 1 (83% in)
  • About the Buddha that exists independently of any analytic thought much has been said...some would say too much, and would question any attempt to add to it.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • But about the Buddha that exists within analytic thought, and gives that analytic thought its direction, virtually nothing has been said, and there are historic reasons for this.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • But about the Buddha that exists within analytic thought, and gives that analytic thought its direction, virtually nothing has been said, and there are historic reasons for this.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • Mark Twain's experience comes to mind, in which, after he had mastered the analytic knowledge needed to pilot the Mississippi River, he discovered the river had lost its beauty.
    Part 1 (88% in)
  • Some things can be said about Phaedrus as an individual: He was a knower of logic, the classical system-of-the-system which describes the rules and procedures of systematic thought by which analytic knowledge may be structured and interrelated.
    Part 1 (92% in)
  • He was so swift at this his StanfordBinet IQ, which is essentially a record of skill at analytic manipulation, was recorded at 170, a figure that occurs in only one person in fifty thousand.
    Part 1 (92% in)
  • It wasn't until the very end of his stay in Bozeman that he thought he saw, in his own analytic and methodical way, what that perspective was.
    Part 2 (52% in)
  • I remember reading this for the first time and remarking about the analytic craftsmanship displayed.
    Part 2 (61% in)
  • Analytic reason, dialectic reason.
    Part 2 (85% in)
  • The crushing teaching load was bad enough, but what for him was far worse was that he understood in his precise analytic way that the subject he was teaching was undoubtedly the most unprecise, unanalytic, amorphous area in the entire Church of Reason.
    Part 2 (90% in)
  • By refusing to define Quality he had placed it entirely outside the analytic process.
    Part 3 (19% in)
  • You take your analytic knife, put the point directly on the term Quality and just tap, not hard, gently, and the whole world splits, cleaves, right in two...hip and square, classic and romantic, technological and humanistic...and the split is clean.
    Part 3 (23% in)
  • It had been caught in an analytic meat grinder.
    Part 3 (36% in)
  • The process of philosophic explanation is an analytic process, a process of breaking something down into subjects and predicates.
    Part 3 (45% in)
  • Phaedrus' mad pursuit of the rational, analytic and therefore technological meaning of the word "Quality" was really a pursuit of the answer to the whole problem of technological hopelessness.
    Part 3 (62% in)

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