Thursday, July 26, 2007

Smarten Up Yer Thinkbox

Some of the greatest people in history have educated themselves to a large degree using a process known as autodidacticism. This is something that's more easily undertaken these days with the great wealth of online tools available to anyone.

Whether you've gone to college or not, you can learn just about anything these days on your own. Want to learn about the classics? Carpentry and home maintenance? Philosophy or cooking? Chess or computer programming? It's all online, and with a little bit of excitement, you can motivate yourself to learn a subject in a growing number of ways.

Why self-education? Well, besides the obvious reasons of wanting to improve yourself, prepare yourself for success, and just learn as much as you can, self-education offers a few extra benefits: you can learn at your own pace, and in your own way. You can follow your passions, and learn about things that excite you. There's no price for failure, but there's every reward for success.

How do you go about becoming an autodidact? The answer is simple: any way you want. I would suggest you set aside just a little time each day to learn a specific subject, but that really depends on your learning style. Some people learn all in one great rush: they'll stay up late hours for a few days in a row, consuming everything they possibly can about a subject. Others are overwhelmed by an approach like that, and would rather learn a little each day.

via - Dumb Little Man

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I used to do this as a kid. I'd go to the library, check out every book on a certain subject that had piqued my interest, and read them all from cover to cover. I still do it from time to time for the sheer fun of it.

I don't know that it's gotten me much, but I can kick all kinds of ass at Trivial Pursuit. :o)
My dad caught me autodidacting in the bathroom once.

And I think there's a song by the Buzzcocks?
"I'm an autodictaddict."

Sorry, but someone had to go there.
"What are you doing in there?"


"You've been in there a half an hour already."

"I'm fine!"

"Boy, you'd better be masturbating if you know what's good for you!"
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