by M. Kenneth Lyon

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The Power of Recognition (2 of 5)
Series: Ancient Visions -- Future Hopes
M. Kenneth Lyon
Genesis 21:8-21
July 19, 1998

How many of you have ever taken a test in school? Raise your hands. Very good. I will not ask you what you made on any of those tests. But I will say to you there are basically three kinds of tests. One is fill-in the blank; one is essay; the other is multiple choice. Did you know there are actually scientific studies that indicate that multiple choice tests are the easier of the tests to score well on? Do you know why? Because in psychology it is easier says that field of study for us to recognize the correct answer than it is to simply pull it from our memory banks on a fill-in the blank or to pull enough information and synthesize it appropriately to write a concise, well-ordered and accurate answer to an essay question. You know, my philosophy on essay questions was, write as much as you can and maybe if you write long enough you'll write something that's semi-right and get partial credit. Recognition-- there is a whole field of psychology that deals with that. How does the brain organize? How does the brain recall? How does the brain acknowledge that you have had that experience before? Or this is similar to? Or recognizes the truth of certain experiences past or the falsity of certain things. We also have difficulty of recognition when it comes to things like high school reunions. My 30th is coming up this fall. I just can't wait to get there. I hope they write their names large on the nametags because my eyes are getting worse. Someone will come up and say, "You don't recognize me, do you?" And I want to say, "Friend, I don't have a clue."

We also have trouble in recognition in other areas of our life, sometimes because we're simply not paying attention. Have you ever had to say, "Oh, I'm sorry? I didn't see you? Oh, I'm sorry. I wasn't listening?" But sometimes, sometimes recognition is blocked because something is fundamen ...

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