Philipp Wettmann

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How do you deal with it, when the amount of things you wandt to know learn or internalize grows faster than you can process it?

About a month ago I realized, that the amount of information, I wanted to know is growing much more rapidly, then the Information I actualy knew. And with skills it is even worse.

Thinking that I am not the first person, especally in this envioremen, who experiences this situation, I hope, you may have some advice, or idea, maybe just your own story on this topic.

Closing Statement from Philipp Wettmann

What you told me, and as I understand it

"Throughout school I got the impression that if I just worked hard enough, I would one day finally be able to understand almost everything that man have been able to understand so far." "Years ago, I wanted to read an encyclopedia from end to end, though I'm not sure how much I would have remembered from the effort."

2."don't try to know it all, cause you can't!", "there is way too much good stuff out there to learn." ""The last man to know everything" is an epithet I've seen attributed to several people, all 19th century or earlier." "But the more information I gather, the more questions arises."

"Your reaching the point where you realize how little you know! " First, accept that wanting to know more is a positive trait. Given that we can't know everything, it's better to still want to learn than to simply surrender."

" make a list ! start it with, " What i want to know is...."", "It is a choice between opportunities and desires." "So why not take your time, pick out what is most fascinating and satisfying to you and enjoy learnng that first." "Try to stick with a subject your really interested in, or try to give yourself a well rounded array of general knowledge." "There are skills needed in my work, and staying current takes so much time. For other subjects, I've given up on being expert in a few, in favor of being conversant in many." "Finally, remember - when you make the choice then completely submerge yourself in one opportunity at a time during its designated time slot on any particular day."

"Pesky circle of knowledge and ignorance, they just keep feeding into each other! " "And realizing that there is so much out there to learn that I never will be able to learn it all actually is quite comforting. I think curiosity is on of my strongest drives, and it would be very boring if I one day knew it all and had nothing left to explore."

This was helpful. Much practical wisdom. Thank you.

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    May 1 2011: It is a choice between opportunities and desires.

    One afternoon put them all in a decision matrix and see what it would show.

    The Opportunities could be - next exam, participation in some project, attending a course, girl interested in you, earning extra money, etc.,etc.

    The Desires - a list of thing you would like to know more about, to experience, to have, to see, etc. etc.

    The Outcome - it would emerge as the opportunity that would satisfy most of your desires (the one closest to them).

    The Choice - it is between what the matrix tells you and what you feel is the right move. Lets hope they are one and the same.

    Finally, remember - when you make the choice then completely submerge yourself in one opportunity at a time during its designated time slot on any particular day.


    (Thinking it is easy - doing it is hard)
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    Apr 29 2011: You are right Phillip- there is way too much good stuff out there to learn. So why not take your time, pick out what is most fascinating and satisfying to you and enjoy learnng that first. When you need a break from that - pick something else wonderful. That way you move from pleasure to pleasure and you can hope to retain most of what you learn.
    Happy hunting!
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    Apr 29 2011: First, accept that wanting to know more is a positive trait. Given that we can't know everything, it's better to still want to learn than to simply surrender.

    "The last man to know everything" is an epithet I've seen attributed to several people, all 19th century or earlier. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to live in those times, when it was still possible. The exponential growth in knowledge has led to much specialization.

    There are skills needed in my work, and staying current takes so much time. For other subjects, I've given up on being expert in a few, in favor of being conversant in many.

    Years ago, I wanted to read an encyclopedia from end to end, though I'm not sure how much I would have remembered from the effort. When the first CD-ROM encyclopedia came out, there was no longer a visible measure of such progress, so I'd pick an article of interest and follow a series of cross-references to related articles, just to see where it took me. With the internet, I now have a collection of bookmarks to sources of information that I consider authoritative on subjects that interest me.
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    Apr 29 2011: I have had this experience myself. Throughout school I got the impression that if I just worked hard enough, I would one day finally be able to understand almost everything that man have been able to understand so far. But the more information I gather, the more questions arises., and I think I have got used to it.

    Trusting that others acts with the best intentions based on what they know to be true is something that allows me to not need to know every detail of what they know.

    And realizing that there is so much out there to learn that I never will be able to learn it all actually is quite comforting. I think curiosity is on of my strongest drives, and it would be very boring if I one day knew it all and had nothing left to explore.
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    Apr 29 2011: make a list ! start it with, " What i want to know is...."
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    Apr 29 2011: Your reaching the point where you realize how little you know!

    Welcome to the club! :D

    I find in learning, especially self teaching, that the more information you gather, the more questions rise, and the need for more information to answer those questions! Then when you answer those question, more tend to pop up. Argh! On has to be immortal to learn it all!

    Pesky circle of knowledge and ignorance, they just keep feeding into each other!

    My advice, don't try to know it all, cause you can't! Try to stick with a subject your really interested in, or try to give yourself a well rounded array of general knowledge. Or not, what do I know! haha
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      Apr 29 2011: The notion "pesky circle of knowlege and ignorance" is great, I might quote it more then once, for it summarises your explanation of the mechanism, why the things one wandts to know must grow faster, then the tings one knows in a simple and catchy way.