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As the title so gallantly states, I have a wish to be knowledgeable. I want to know a lot about a lot. History, politics, geography, sports, music, you name it. This revelation came to me while I was listening to some comedy podcast, and I realised that while it was entertaining, I spent so much time doing stuff that hardly meant anything to me.

Now - besides a real education - what's the best way to achieve this? How does one learn about the world?
#2
Read lot's of books covering many topics. When I think of intelligence, I think of Stephen Fry - he is intelligent mostly because of the thousands of books he has read!
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#7
Read 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson.

Loads of knowledge about loads of topics.
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What was the comedy podcast?

If it's one I like, I'll tell you a fact.
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#11
read stuff, talk to a lot of people about a lot of different things, go places, do things. asking the pit isn't a great start for you in your quest
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to learn about the world... one must go out into the world.

i suggest learning about Cape buffaloes first. and the best way is to live among them!
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to learn about the world... one must go out into the world.

i suggest learning about Cape buffaloes first. and the best way is to live among them!



No, just no.
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I think it's mostly due to readin, travelling, absorbing and watching documentaries

Good luck with your journey young grasshopper.
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Lots of uni lectures for viewing here;
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Wow that's quite a website. Thanks.

Watching a lecture on cognitive development right now.
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Read 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson.

Loads of knowledge about loads of topics.


love that book.

Also, on iTunes, there's something called "iTunes U" where you can download tons of free college lectures and stuff.
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#22
have a lot of leather bound books on your shelf but don't read any of them. occasionally have one open at a random page and tell people you're in the middle of reading it.
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#24
Start with some very broad books, like the Very Short Introduction To... series.

Then gradually get more specific, depending on what interests you most.
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yes, just yes. what better way to learn than hands on experience?
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Read a lot. Spend a lot of time at the library, and if you must be on the internet use it to learn.
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But you've lived longer than anyone, yet....
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#30
Live a long, full life, so you can say things like this:

I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, KILLED MANY MEN and loved only one woman with a passion a FLEA like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. NOW, GO HOME, BOY!


Instead of saying you have read lots of books and can quote Noam Chomsky.
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#31
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Live a long, full life, so you can say things like this:

*quote*

Instead of saying you have read lots of books and can quote Noam Chomsky.

He sounds like he would only have a high degree of specialized knowledge pertaining to military matters and be a complete ignoramus aside from that. The OP wants to know a lot of information about varied topics, which would be impossible without reading a lot in our short lifetimes.
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He sounds like he would only have a high degree of specialized knowledge pertaining to military matters and be a complete ignoramus aside from that. The OP wants to know a lot of information about varied topics, which would be impossible without reading a lot in our short lifetimes.


Pfft, no way. You've obviously never seen secondhand lions For what it's worth, I love reading and read lots of books, but I'm also not fool enough to throw life experiences and wisdom attained through folly and first-hand experience. A good balance of both will obviously produce the most well rounded intellectual, which should ultimately be the goal of any knowledge seeker
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Primary source documents.


i could tell you about living among the buffaloes until you are ready to puke, but you'll never know what it's really like until you do it yourself.
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Instead of saying you have read lots of books and can quote Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky probably isn't a bad model if you want to be knowledgeable about a lot of different stuff. Watching that guy debate is something else, he pulls massive amounts of disparate facts from various fields out of his head on a constant basis.
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#36
Ways to learn about the world:
1. Read
2. Watch
3. Explore
4. Interact
5. ??????
6. PROFIT!

But seriously, first 4 are gold.
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i could tell you about living among the buffaloes until you are ready to puke, but you'll never know what it's really like until you do it yourself.

Then the entire school of Archaeology is quite a big blunder, don't you think?
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Noam Chomsky probably isn't a bad model if you want to be knowledgeable about a lot of different stuff. Watching that guy debate is something else, he pulls massive amounts of disparate facts from various fields out of his head on a constant basis.


I used him because of the proliferation of his name on this forum

On this topic though I'm reminded of a quote that I really like by Emerson in one of my favorite essays, The American Scholar:

Meek young men grow up in libraries believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.
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As the title so gallantly states, I have a wish to be knowledgeable. I want to know a lot about a lot. History, politics, geography, sports, music, you name it. This revelation came to me while I was listening to some comedy podcast, and I realised that while it was entertaining, I spent so much time doing stuff that hardly meant anything to me.

Now - besides a real education - what's the best way to achieve this? How does one learn about the world?


Just do it. People say, "I could have been learning a language" or "I should've picked up the guitar", but nothing was holding you back other than your laziness and inability to just get started.
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