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For those who hate to, love to or adore to study.
Don't hate yourself for not being fast enough or smart enough or good enough -
all progress is born from education and application and you educate and apply yourself all the time - whether you want to or not.
You're always learning.
You're always growing.
So study in style - stress-free, but filled with curiosity.

I will love the light for it shows me the way,
yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars

- Og Mandino

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How to learn to love learning - A Master Post

(Some time ago, I received a wonderful ask concerning this post. I replied and asked whether I should answer privately or publicly, but since I haven’t got an answer, I will answer it here and withhold the name until the person wishes to be named. Now the question was that loving learning is all fine and dandy, but..)

Just how do you learn to love learning? Is there a rulebook? Do you train with monks? Do you just wake up one morning and all your worries and fears are gone?

(Spoiler: No)

(Although I guess the monks could work)

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Maybe.

Now, the following is not scientifically proven and is built solely on my personal experience, but what works best for me, is being inspired. I see something amazing and I want to know more, I get to know a person and I want to know how they view the world … the whole thing is a certain worldview on its own, really. It’s a point of view, a point of curiosity.

I sure as hell haven’t perfected it, but it can be acquired piece by piece, slowly, gradually and day by day (just like any field). So here is a list, filled with inspiring, curious and fascinating little thingamajigs and equally interesting fictional and real people. As far as I can tell, all of them can help you on your way to this philosophy of curiosity. (This is mostly “just” about intellectual growth and curiosity, though. I deliberatly didn’t include personal growth and personality building, because I didn’t want them to get mixed up) 

YouTube - Channels:

  • melodysheep (Symphony of Science) - Inspiring Science Songs
  • numberphile - ALL OF THE MATHS
  • pbsideachannel - Pop Culture like whoa
  • destinws2 (Smarter Every Day) - All sorts of science, with a focus on biology and beautiful slow motion recordings
  • ThePianoGuys - Heartfelt music that makes you look at the world in a different way

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If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. (by x)

  • Vihart - Maths like you’ve never seen it before (like in petals or in symphonies)
  • Vsauce - Our World is Amazing
  • zefrank1 - Life Advice and animal facts you never knew you needed
  • wisecrack (THUG NOTES) - SWEET LITERATURE, YO

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  • CGPGrey - Trivia and Explanations
  • CrashCourse - History, Psychology, Chemistry, Literature? Got you covered
  • KickThePj - Story Telling and Adventures

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Let him teach you the ways of the weird. (by x)

Other Internet Stuff:

  • You all know Wikipedia, but wikiwalking is definitely amongst the most inspirational things I know. All that knowledge, publicly available, for free, connected so ingeniously … I love it.
  • 8tracks - many of you also know 8tracks, but for those who don’t: it’s a website that lets you find and create music mixes for certain moods (e.g. calm), situations (e.g. studying) and characters (e.g. Hermione). A personal favourite are the Contemplate the Universe inside your Mind - Mixes.

Books:

  • A THOUSAND TIMES FLOW. I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying that this changed my life. This is the concept, this is the author giving a TED talk.

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  • All life is Problem Solving (Karl Popper). This, too, had a huge impact on how I view life and science.
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character. The brilliant scientist Richard Feynman takes you on a journey through his life, which was often exciting, sometimes sad and always peppered with curiosity.
  • Crime Stories. Every crime story. All crime stories. Every single one. No other genre (except, maybe, sci-fi) will show you just how important knowledge and a quick mind can be - one clever thought can change the whole game. Classics and my personal favourites include Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

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  • How to Make a Tornado - when science goes bonkers. Like, really, really bonkers. Like, musical bra and zombie dog bonkers.
  • The Book of General Ignorance - everything you thought you knew is wrong. (There is also the brilliant and highly entertaining series)

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It’s …very intellectual.

  • Ender’s Game - a brilliant book on its own, which, at its best, makes you admire Ender and makes you want to learn from him (even though he is a little kid learning to fight for a space war) and, at its worst, makes you so freaking happy that you aren’t Ender.
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - the story of a young girl who learns to channel her curiosity into scientific observation as she and her grandfather explore the flora and fauna surrounding their Texan family farm in the late 19th century.

Manga/Anime:

  • C.M.B and Q.E.D. - two, very loosely related, manga by the same mangaka who likes to think that readers are geniuses (btw, tvtropes totally belongs on this list. Just type in your favourite book. …and you just spent a day on there. You’re welcome). C.M.B. is more on the natural science + history side, while Q.E.D. is more on the hard science side, but both are brilliant and they fight crime.
  • Mushishi is …hard to describe. If you like this

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…you’ll like it.

  • Detective Conan. The origin of my avatar and therefore obligatorily included. A fantastic (and super long and still unfinished) story about a master detective who turns back into a child.
  • Death Note - dark, complex and filled with mental acrobatics. The story of a brilliant high schooler who finds a notebook that allows him to kill people just by writing their name and picturing their face. He goes dark side (?) in about 0.3 seconds flat and is soon hunted by a genius detective. 

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Light sparkles (x)

  • Kino’s Journey - a deeply philosophical and allegorical journey of a traveller and Hermes, the trusty side-kick (who happens to be a motorbike). It asks big questions and leaves the answering to you.
  • Corset ni Tsubasa - the story of a clever young girl forced into a horrible boarding school, where, despite all odds, she finds that knowledge always finds a way.

Films/Series:

  • Miss Potter - a film I picked up randomly and ended up liking quite a lot. It’s about author/artist Beatrix Potter who works against the tides of her time and conquers it gloriously. (There’s a huge spoiler towards the end, so don’t read the description before you watch the film)
  • Measuring the World - the film to the book. It follows the journey of Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss and is one big celebration of the achievements and dark sides of the age of Enlightenment.
  • Wonders of Life - a sleek and beautiful TV series with Brian Cox, in which he explores … well, the wonders of life. Jelly fish, sharks, plants, there’s plenty to go around. Odds are, you’ve seen gifs of it.

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It’s ground-breaking.

  • The Blue Planet - a magnificent history of our oceans by the BBC.
  • Planet Earth - a series by the same team as above. The first episode alone offers polar bear babies!
  • Homeless to Harvard - I’ve written about this before. It’s the incredible story of a young girl who has nothing and gives it her all.
  • How to train your dragon - Finally a film in which the main character wins because of research, ingenuity and wits! (Spoiler: It also has dragons)

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Dragooooooons.

  • 12 Angry Men - one of the best films I have ever seen. Let intelligence and understanding lead the way to truth!
  • Wolf Children - a profoundly inspiring, allegorical story of a young woman who struggles to raise her rather… different children and is willing to do everything to allow them to live a good life. It shows just how vital studying is to a person thrown into new circumstances.

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  • Studio Ghibli and everything about Studio Ghibli. Particulary inspiring for this category are Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart and The Wind Rises. (From Up on Poppy Hill gets an honourable mention just for that immensely cool club house)

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Museums:

  • Museums.
  • Museums.
  • MUSEUMS

(Bonus round: Isn’t our world freaking weird and amazing-videos

  • A piano-violin hybrid instrument designed by Leonardo daVinci
  • Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling & the modern version
  • A teensy (as big as your fingernail), fluffy, colourful, adorable spider that twerks to attract mates
  • This is what people’s vocal cords look like while singing
  • A message of humanity we have sent into space in case aliens find it
  • Let it Go backwards
  • Your eyes betray your ears
  • The most adorable tradtional dance (flowers and all)
  • Look at what this dude can do with his HANDS

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I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.
- James Kavanaugh
(by x)

I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.

- James Kavanaugh

(by x)

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It is so important to have a relaxed attitude towards studying. Many people (Me From The Past included) just tense up when it comes to studying - I have to do it, I have to get good grades, I need to do this now, I have no choice, everyone expects this from me, if I fail now, I won’t have a good life later, I need to do this to be succesful, …
but no. Stop yourself there. That’s not how we do. Those are all good and valid reasons for studying, but they are additional. They won’t motivate you. They scare you. They force you to study by instilling the fear of failure in you. And that’s not a good long-time strategy. At all. Do you really want to operate on fear?
No. What you need is(That the day would ever come to use this)You shouldn’t study because of obligation, you should study because of curiosity. Think about it: You’re a mass of flesh and blood and bone, somehow navigating through a space of ups and downs and lefts and rights and through a time of before and now and then. How freaking confusing. Yet we tell each other stories and build shelters and produce sounds that convey meaning and significance and invent pasta and sometimes slaughter each other and sometimes hug each other for hours and there are storms and there are table-top lamps that look like worms and we investigate and we find magnets and electricity and that there are forces we cannot see in day to day life and there are other planets out there, huge and tiny and we only see them as little lights on the sky and we once thought they were gods and that they would govern our fates, because we know we will die but we can heal sickness and sadness and we joke and make each other laugh and one day it’s over and then?Do you not want to know more? I know I do. And this passion, this love, will keep you going. In a laid-back, chill, stylish and day to day way. Every day you learn a little more about our reality. Isn’t that just …cool?

It is so important to have a relaxed attitude towards studying.
Many people (Me From The Past included) just tense up when it comes to studying - I have to do it, I have to get good grades, I need to do this now, I have no choice, everyone expects this from me, if I fail now, I won’t have a good life later, I need to do this to be succesful, …

but no. Stop yourself there. That’s not how we do. Those are all good and valid reasons for studying, but they are additional. They won’t motivate you. They scare you. They force you to study by instilling the fear of failure in you. And that’s not a good long-time strategy. At all.
Do you really want to operate on fear?

No. What you need is
love
(That the day would ever come to use this)

You shouldn’t study because of obligation, you should study because of curiosity. Think about it: You’re a mass of flesh and blood and bone, somehow navigating through a space of ups and downs and lefts and rights and through a time of before and now and then. How freaking confusing.
Yet we tell each other stories and build shelters and produce sounds that convey meaning and significance and invent pasta and sometimes slaughter each other and sometimes hug each other for hours and there are storms and there are table-top lamps that look like worms and we investigate and we find magnets and electricity and that there are forces we cannot see in day to day life and there are other planets out there, huge and tiny and we only see them as little lights on the sky and we once thought they were gods and that they would govern our fates, because we know we will die but we can heal sickness and sadness and we joke and make each other laugh and one day it’s over and then?

Do you not want to know more? I know I do. And this passion, this love, will keep you going. In a laid-back, chill, stylish and day to day way. Every day you learn a little more about our reality. Isn’t that just …cool?

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indigoproj asked: Why do you think we tend to hate ourselves and be so critical of our abilities when it comes to academics? How do we avoid this?


Answer:

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It kept me thinking for quite a number of days.
I think there are many forces at play here and some of them might affect some individuals more than others, but we are all under their influence in some way.
Please do note that I’m not an expert on this in any way, but these are the results of my pondering:

1) The force of society:
This is the most universal force. Obviously, all of us have access to the internet, therefore, all of us live in the richer spheres of the world. Most, if not all, of these societies are achievement-oriented societies (the technical term for this is apparently meritocracy) which has a profound influence on our lives. We are taught from an early age on that we should be of use to our societies, that we should become experts and masters at something or we will have no “value” and no “worth”. We are meant to market ourselves - our skills, our force, our brains, our compassion, whatever we have, we should hone, master and use it, for the sake of progress.
This is not “bad” in itself, humankind does depend on progress, but a lot of its implications are. Because this starts very, very early on, young children are already pressured into various activities they might not even enjoy, for the sake of being marketable later on.
This trend continues throughout our lives - how often have you heard someone say that they don’t like something, but “eh, it will look good on my CV”?
Instead of giving value to those who have learnt something, people learn something to be of value. Do you see the difference in motivation? They often do this with very little passion and a whole lot of pressure, because they have to succeed.
This is best seen when you look at tests. Maybe you’ve seen this floating around the internet?

"When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Truth.

This is exactly what I mean. My dad always told me that I should be prouder of a C that I wrote and I actually understood everything than of an A which didn’t teach me anything.
I carry this philosophy with me, but most students hardly ever learn for the material, they learn for their grades – most couldn’t care less what happened in 1500 or how a camera works, they just want an A (or at least a D!) and they will get it however they can. I’m not blaming them, but they are such a perfect example of what I’m trying to show: people are under such a pressure to succeed that they stop caring about knowledge and start to aim for human constructs meant to convey a measure of the thing they stopped caring about.  Can you see how perverse that is?

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But they have good reasons to do so – grades will determine your future life to a great extent. Whether you will advance, will graduate summa cum laude and will keep climbing the career ladder or will be held back a year, get stuck, become a part of the uneducated and keep working a job you dislike all depend on grades. (There are exceptions, of course. These exceptions saw through this system and forged their own way)
It is easy to start doubting yourself when no less than your own future, prestige and livelihood is at stake. We want to be of “value”, we don’t want to be “worthless”, but as these things are constantly around us, we cannot help but ask ourselves: maybe we are?

2) The force of talent and prestige

The model student is a controversial and mystical creature. Whether you love them or hate them, you know that they are otherworldly creatures with desires unlike any other mortal. You know that they spend 7 hours a day studying, that they can recite any poem by Keats backwards, that they can do mental calculations like a computer and that they snore in algorithms.  
Many people who would like to be good in school, feel like they just cannot achieve that level – they, like 99% of all people, lack the brainpower for that. TV and other media have largely contributed to this notion that geniuses like Jimmy Neutron can be found at every corner and you will never hold a candle to them. You are just not that good. This is a myth. I will say more about that under the force of comparison.
Many people also suffer from the wrong kind of education – it’s too fast for them, too sloppy for them, too theoretical and this leads them to think that they are stupid, when the only thing they ever really needed was the right approach.
People who actually are good in school suffer from this too. I know this from my own school-days, when people believed I was studying every second I was not in school and were actually offended when I told them that no, I too was wasting time and playing Pokémon like other kids.
They start to feel like they are just a liar, an actor, like they’re playing this role of a model student that comes with a dress- and behavioural code, that they were wasting their lives if they did not live up to the potential others saw in and expected from them. Apparently they were capable of it, so how come everybody knew that but they? You feel like an imposter after a while and it eats away at you.

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You are clever, so you know that there are a million things you don’t know, but others seem to expect this super-human knowledge of you that you just cannot provide. Many draw back from that and sail along easily with mediocre grades and minimal effort. Some end up in the same zone because they were never encouraged enough and now they feel like it’s too late, that their life is more or less over and they’ve already screwed it up.
Both can shake a student’s self-confidence immensely.

3) The force of hard work
If you do decide that you have the brains for pulling off mental stunts, you may falter at the prospect of working for it. This is not because you are lazy, but because studying simply looks boring and hard from the outside and is hardly ever promoted as something fun and exciting.
Almost all of studying happens in your head, so what you see from the outside is somebody sitting at their desk, scratching their head or pacing around the room, mumbling numbers and dates. It does not look fun or exciting and a lot of people miss out on all the revelations, thought-experiments, story inceptions, world buildings, mind-around-something-wrappings and the satisfaction that comes from having absorbed a whole new part of the world.
The problem here is that you really need to do it to get into it and this is one of the hardest parts of all.

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4) The force of comparison
Humans hate to suck at something. And beginners suck invariably. You will make mistakes and you will be discouraged by them – the question is how you deal with them and this is something you have to learn as well. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking “I couldn’t do this problem. I’m dumb. I’ll never achieve anything in life”
As you study something, anything, an instrument, a book, a theory, a specimen, chances are that somebody else is doing the same and you will look at their work. Most of the time, there will be people who have been at this way longer than you have and you will look at them and think “I’ll never be as good as they are”. You know, logically, that time is a big factor here, but given the same time, can you really become as good as they are?
And what if, even worse, these people haven’t had more time? What if they are in the same class – the class genius? The important thing to remember here, is that not only are class “geniuses” people with their own flaws and shortcomings, you should work on your own talents at your own pace. Let other people inspire you, but don’t let them dwarf you.

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This question of “Can I become as good as X” harks back to the force of society. You don’t do this to enjoy it or to become engrossed in it, but because you want to be good in it, and not only good, but really good. This leads to the next force:

5) The force of choice
When you do something, you are always aware that your time is limited, so you end up asking: is this how I should be spending my time? Maybe I should be doing something else? Something I’m more suited to? Is this really my “calling”? My “vocation”?

imageYou can always choose between an infinity of actions at any given moment, so this doubt will always sit at the back of your head.

How can you combat this?
You have probably detected a pattern by now: most of these problems arise because we play the game of achievement hunters more than the game of knowledge hunters.
Really, take this advice to heart: Value the knowledge you gain more than the grades you achieve and magically, your grades will follow suit. It takes so much pressure off you. Study because you want to learn and have fun with new ways of looking at the world. Study because of an honest passion and not because of a bothersome duty. Fall in love with riddles. Fall in love with sucking at something. Fall in love with trying, no matter the outcome.
And whether it’s your vocation or not? Only you can know. And you will, in due time.

tl;dr: 1) Society puts an achievement pressure on us
2) We are constantly questioning our own intelligence
3) We are unsure of our own work-ethic
4) We suck compared to other people
5) We are unsure whether what we’re doing is “the right thing to do”

Solution: Love the present, not the wrapping.

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
- John Locke
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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

- John Locke

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