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Re: [existlist] Learning and retention

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  • eupraxis@aol.com
    I have gotten to the point, these decades after the decades of formal education , of realizing that I have forgotten more texts than I have retained, that I
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      I have gotten to the point, these decades after the decades of 'formal education', of realizing that I have forgotten more texts than I have retained, that I have to reread things first encountered when I was pretty young. It sometimes zooms me back to those years. I remember how much I really loved the readings.

      It was only at Grad School that I was forced to study texts that I really hated (analytical philosophy and 'logic'). Those aside (and they have been laid aside ever since), I have to say that heady reading and writing are among the few things that still float my boat. They have made me something of a contrarian, it is true, but there is a lot to be contrary about.

      The shame is that we (Americans, that is) are not valued in our society for our intellectual struggles or accomplishments (unless it makes us a lot of money, which is a rare event). In fact, the American anti-intellectual bias has not been this blatant since Adlai Stevenson was trounced for being an "egghead". Sorry to see Louise go. Bill, thanks for the nice words. Wil
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      Sent: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 11:59 AM
      Subject: [existlist] Learning and retention

      When I was an occupational student I lived the life of the intellect.
      With such extreme concentration, I learned a great deal in a few
      years . I tried several different combinations of approach to the
      matter of learning. The most effective was one of the simplest , I
      read and reread the text book and related literature. I was a very
      boring individual and was seldom seen outside a study cubicle in the
      basement of the library. It was a sparse life with bland food, a
      cubicle and a rack in a tiny room. I just wanted it to end and I
      knew the process could be temporally shortened by brutal adherence
      to my stoic regimen. I cut a full year off college and finished
      professional school on time.
      Now I have practised for better than thirty five years and it seems
      the system has gotten its production from me. The education worked
      and the jagged academic process produced a product that functioned.
      I have used philosophy as a rebellion against the system. It seems a
      non violent way to show opposition to the cloddish mass of
      bureaucracy. It is a way to revolt against the ignorant bondage of
      religion. Philosophy allowed me to connect with free minds.
      Knott, Mary, Louise, Eduard and now Wil and other contributors
      present material I actually want to assimilate. You see I generally
      enjoy this exercise and find my tattered and concussed brain
      functions better in this less structured process.
      My cousin, a fine mathematician, thinks you must detest the material
      in order to absorb it. That seems true for dense, difficult material
      but I find I remember little of matter I have warred with.
      This media seems to be akin to the ancient Socratic method of
      guided discourse. The humanity and personal nature of such discourse
      makes exposed ideas stick in my mind. Bill

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