|Pyrrho & The Skeptics "Scissors"
||The Stoic philosophers borrowed happily from the exercises practiced by other schools of philosophy in the ancient world. One such school was the Skeptics, founded by Pyrrho and Sextus Empiricus. The Skeptic exercise asks you to cut the value judgments from your impressions about the world. For example, "This is a bad haircut." What value judgments am I adding to the impression? What would the impression be like if I stripped it down to the descriptive facts? What value judgment WORDS am I including in the judgment? (e.g. 'bad'). If our impressions of the world are like children's sketches, or van Gogh's paintings, this exercise helps to sharpen the focus and clarify the image of the truth or falseness of the impression to which we are assenting.