Learning to Learn

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Learning to learn is a challenge where information is not static. Communication tools are somewhat of a misnomer. They’re really manipulation tools. They help you present the information that you want to present.

Getting your point across is important, but let’s face it, what you leave out is just as important as what you include.

Tools like PowerPoint, Excel and Word are for packaging information. Since there is so much information available we are always selective and what we produce. Information that does not support our point is usually excluded.

It is not the tools’ fault that this is how humans deal with information. We are producing new information or the same information in new ways over and over again at an amazing rate. There is little talk about information sustainability.

In fact, the only solution that we seem to have to information sustainability is to specialize even further. This information specialization not only creates more information but makes other information harder to interpret.

So more voices are heard. More opinions are out there. Collectively we are more knowledgeable, but individually can we really learn more? Is there a limit to how much information one single human can possess

The key skill for humans is probably to learn how to learn.  How to pick trustworthy sources. How to evaluate ideas even from trustworthy sources.

Even learning how to learn is challenging. There is foundational learning (reading, writing, basic math), but focusing on what to learn next is infinite. Disciplines (fields of study) get more defined and the relationships between disciplines get more complex. Even interdisciplinary fields of studies have limitations but knowledge is infinite and interconnected.