How to Learn Everything About Everything
How to Learn Everything About Everything
- Find those who know the most about a subject, and learn from them. Make a list of them - the Subject Matter Experts or SMEs. Transformation SMEs. Marketing SMEs. Seed Eco-Home Hackathon SMEs. This could also be Rapid Learning Platforms, Platforms for Solving Pressing World Issues. Etc.
- To learn, create a journal or online notebook where you can keep repeating what you learn. A hyperlinked environment is very useful, invented in 1989 by Tim - see Semantic Web. Such as a Wiki or semantic wiki. Keep repeating to form connections in your brain. That repeating can be done by going to different media - from visual to cognitive to feeling, to CAD or to hands-on, to writing, diagramming, to Zachman Ontology. Anything that repeats the subject matter from different perspectives.
- Create an Open Source Genius Network with them. Create a collaborative Incentive Challenge based on this network. Create a venue for upgrading information, with specific guidance for large-scale collaboration for Solving Pressing World Issues. This is like Linux collaboration for solving pressing world issues.
- Create forums for action to execute. Ie, learning is weak without intent of action. For example, TED is somewhat like that, but it does not have an execution mechanism of Action Research, closest within TED perhaps being TED Fellows who participate actively with the TED community
- Learn How to Research
- Make sure what you are doing for a live allows you to continue learning. In other words, employ yourself or be employed in something that pays you to learn.
- Epistemology - study of knowledge. Be strategic about structure. That means you need to figure out how to get a hold of every subject in a clear and thorough form. Structure of Knowledge.
- Study everything. Like Robert Heinlein. From Astronomy to Zoology, from stone age to modern. One can get many degrees - if that means something - see Person with the Most Degrees. See Multipotentialite. Understand Idea Synthesis. Rapid Learning. Adaptability.
- Study how the human brain works. Understand repetition. Structure knowledge so you can create hooks upon which to hang more knowledge.
- From Quora - 'For everything related to the humanities and sciences, I’ve found that having a thorough understanding of Ancient Greek philosophy, in particular the extreme viewpoints of Parmenides and Heraclitus, helps to understand everything. Very short summary: Parmenides said “whatever is, is”, a focus on unchanging being. Heraclitus said “everything moves” and “you cannot step into the same river twice”, a focus on change and becoming.'
- Study learning techniques and memory. So you learn faster and remember it.
- Start with physics and philosophy; psychology & spirituality; social sciences (application of science and psychology: orgnanizations, governance, enterprise, law and biz). Then art & literature is found in all of the previous.
Quora Has a Decent Answer
Try a philosophical answer:
Step one: Get rid of yourself; change the definition of what is you and what is knowing. Be satisfied with the fact that everything there is to know has been known or will be known by someone or will be somehow remembered by the universe by the physical arrangement of some particles in a book or harddisk or someone’s mind or whatever. Or it will at least influence the future state of some part of the universe - or maybe not. Acknowledge yourself as part of the universe, that know as much or as little about “everything” as your hand knows about your foot.
Step two: You are done. You know everything.
There is a Zen poem that says, "If you ask where the flowers come from, even the God of Spring doesn't know."
“Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.”
Things to Get You Closer
- Look for underlying / shared principles. Learn psychology, logic, and a bit of game theory and you can quickly pick up on anything involving interaction between people like politics, law, marketing, business, and so on. Learn to think about systems can you can understand everything from engines to computers to how cities work.
- Practice learning. Observe more experienced people in an area to get an idea of what they do and what parts are the most important, most basic things underlying it. Then focus on practicing those things and understanding how other ideas build on them. Use this to quickly understand the most important things about any new area so you don't have to spend a lot of time on it. Josh Kaufman's book The First 20 Hours explains this in more detail.
- Look for learning patterns. Tim Ferris talks about the questions he asks to learn a new spoken or written language quickly. Similarly if I want to learn a new programming language there are a few things I would look for so that I know enough to write simple programs after a day.
- Decide why you want to learn. Do you just want to know a lot of facts? Read Wikipedia. Do you want to know what others are thinking about? Watch popular TV shows. Do you want to know things that will change your life for the better? Study philosophy and psychology, and people who seem to have effective principles.
- Know your limits. Mark Twain said "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." With hard work you can have a lot of information and use it to live a better life. The second you start to overestimate your knowledge you will start to cause problems. Never forget what you don't know.
- To learn, build on what you know already, including method of loci -