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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 28th May 2018
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heuristic (adjective) hyu-RIS-tik



Encouraging discovery of solutions via trial and error; (in relation to a computing program) able to adapt based on experience.

Call it "heuristic learning" or" exploratory learning" or" learning by doing" - that's the only way forward.

Sander Meredeen, Study for Survival and Success. Amazon

Although written chronologically, the book is couched more as a series of essays than as an exhaustive linear narrative, covering its subject in selective, heuristic moments.

Lucasta Miller, The Guardian, 26 February 2005, Guardian
reviewing Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. Amazon

His commitment to the heuristic method, suitably modified, was total; he found the current obsession with league tables and highly detailed examination specifications intolerable, and felt they oppressed both teachers and taught.

Martyn Berry, The Guardian, 24 October 2003. Guardian

"Mommy, why have we come all this way to see pictures of soup cans?"

"It's Andy Warhol, sweetheart, and he's wielding a sharp, insinuating heuristic chisel to pry at the faultlines and lay bare the sedimented faces of his surround."

Barry Gewen, The New York Times, 11 December 2005. New York Times




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