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“Why don't you go and take an advanced degree in this subject?
Your education was in another field completely. Why don't
you take a master's degree and go on and be a scholar and
teacher?” He was a wonderful man with a great interest in
I supposed I discovered my mind at that time. I
never knew before that that I had a mind. I learned easily,
but I never knew that I had a mind that starts, operates
on its own scheme, inquires, penetrates, goes to the bottom
of things, puts two and two together and comes to some
logical conclusions that have authority. I had never thought
of that. What I had picked up in the way of knowledge was
interesting, but I never felt any profundity to my thinking
or placed any reliance on it. I had never really grown up.
I think I matured at that time. I was a late bloomer. I became
a mature mentality, rather than just a growing mentality.
I remember plainly saying to myself, “Well, really, I can
think just as well as anybody else. I don't have to ‘ask
teacher.’ I can find out.”
Dr. Patten suggested this continued study and then
fished around further and searched around for a fellowship
for me at Columbia. He fished around and got a fellowship.
I don't know what fellowship it was, but it was for study
in this field.
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