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    Libraries: a cave where genius abides

    If you find no library card in your wallet or purse you are not a self-learner. You are at best a dilettante, a dabbler in knowledge.

    A self-learner has a multitude of clamoring questions, in a multitude of domains of knowledge, seeking answers. To discover the nature of reality and the answers to these questions one must have access to a library of books.

    Most colleges have a ‘Friend of the Library’ card, which, for a small annual fee, will allow anyone to borrow books from that library.

    After schooling is over the experience of learning begins. I think that the first step toward becoming a self-actualizing self-learner is to acquire at least one library card.


    Public libraries are not just for kids on field trips.
    Public libraries are so much more than a book storage facility.
    Public libraries are places where people from all walks of life are welcome.
    Public libraries are wonder-filled places where people of ignorance can find genius, a place where the homeless can find shelter and where the educated can find inspiration.
    Public libraries smell like knowledge and taste like wisdom.
    Public libraries are truly beautiful from the inside out.
    Visiting public libraries often and for long periods of time is a modern form of respecting our elders.
    Humanity is summed up in the content of the written word which can be found in a public library near you.
    To study the masters from within a public library is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience for some people.

    The line I used to entice my girlfriend into becoming my wife; "My library card has recently been renewed."
    -Savant

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    What if you read journal articles instead? What if you get books from Amazon.com? I really don't think a library card is a pre-requisite for being a self-learner. That's like saying a pre-requisite for being a scientist is that you work on a college campus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    What if you read journal articles instead? What if you get books from Amazon.com? I really don't think a library card is a pre-requisite for being a self-learner. That's like saying a pre-requisite for being a scientist is that you work on a college campus.
    Quite. I don't remember when I was last in a library. Student editions of books means I have a large collection of classics - the rest I can access through internet libraries such as the Gutenberg Project.

    Only books published in the last - say - hundred years are not as such available, and I purchase those books I am confident in that they are worth reading. Admittedly, I don't read supposedly revolutionary literature that has just come out - like the latest diet books - but most libraries don't have them either, at least I hope.

    As for scientific articles, I have access to most publications that appear in the disciplines of medicine and psychology - and most other fields if I do a little effort. All of that, by the way, from the convenience of my desk. No need for a library at all.
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    It doesn't matter where you get the information from as long as you get it. Libraries are great sources of information only if you actually take in the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugundous
    It doesn't matter where you get the information from as long as you get it. Libraries are great sources of information only if you actually take in the information.
    Sound logic!
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    I use libraries but much prefer to have my own books.

    Ever borrowed a book that looks murky with odd looking stains on the pages, or worse still, they stick together!!!
    When i read a library book i can't help wondering who borrowed it last. Did they wash their hands after going to the toilet? Did they read it whilst propped up in a sick bed dribbling sneezes and snot?? Did they scratch their arse just before they turned the next page????

    What is that funny looking stain spread across the page?

    Can sickness germs virus's etc be spread through the pages of a book?

    Maybe i'm just sick or gross or just paranoid to think of these things but i just can't help it and it puts me off!

    There is nothing quite like having you're own virgin book with crisp new clean pages to read.

    Failing that there is loads of good places to learn online.

    The Open University has The Learning Lab and Learning Space where you can access resources and do some of the courses online.

    http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/home.php

    and del.icio.us is agreat site for sharinng resources and retaining favourites (should your computer crash like mine just has

    http://del.icio.us/
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    I prefer to use the internet for just about every bit of information I can get, although I would read books if I heard that they were good.
    The main reason for this is that the second a book is printed it often becomes out of date and inaccurate whereas online it can be editted, amended, updated, commented on and criticised to give a thorough picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    If you find no library card in your wallet or purse you are not a self-learner. You are at best a dilettante, a dabbler in knowledge.
    As several others have pointed out, this is absurd. I have trouble working my way through the books I have purchased, without adding even more from a library. Where I sometimes find the lack of access to a good library is in being able to browse journal articles in full. That said I have dozens of unread articles in pdf format on my computer that I haven't got round to reading yet.
    And as others have pointed out, the internet provides a wealth of information, which if taken with a cellar of salt, rather than a pinch, can be hugely educational.
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    I walk into the doors of a library at least once a week. However, I find 98% of my info on the Internet. I use the library as a source of movie DVDs, music CDs, book tapes, magazines, novels, etc. Once in a while' a non-fiction book....I've only taken out out 'the God Delusion' last month and a book on plumbing in the last few months.

    I rarely actually buy a book, DVD or CD. Only one nature field guide and one hiking guide in the last couple years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyologist
    I walk into the doors of a library at least once a week.
    Ouch Jelly! You really must look where you're going! No doubt you have you're head stuck in a good book!?
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    I do not hold any library cards, I use the library for reference and to 'browse before I buy'

    Today though too many people grab stuff from web-sites with too little regard for how accurate the info actually is.
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    That's true

    Anybody can own a web site called Findoutalltheasnwershere.com

    Kids use the internet all the time but they are not all taught to be critical or discriminate about what they read, or what they cut and paste as homework

    God only knows what they are truly learning.... that Napolean was British? Hitler was camp? How really big 36DD is.....or worse still......that religion will save us!!!!
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