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    Lots of sources, mostly science books, and websites. I used to have a subscription to Nature magazine (IMO, the best magazine for general science news around). I get news from Google, and NPR--I'm not really big on keeping up with current events.

    When I was younger, I would make-up math and physics problems for my self to solve, and I'd be thinking about them while I went about my chores--didn't always work out well for my chores. Still, a great amount of my "knowledge" comes from my own thinking about subjects.

    I also go to libraries a lot. Luckily, there are some real good university libraries around, and I can read about almost anything.

    As much as I hate to say it... school has helped me become more knowledgeable. I don't like homework or the "drill-things-into-your-head" format. But I have found that I actually did learn quite a bit in school, and I've been blessed with having among the best education programs available for the things I wanted to focus on.

    I also learned a lot from my job. I used to learn a lot more. I think working in an environment where you have to do a lot of things, and almost everything is under your own control (rather than having all sorts of bureaucratic procedures to follow, and a narrow little role to play) is a good place to learn on the job.

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    READREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADRE ADREADREADREADREADREADREAD

    Until you pass out.

    Save money by buying used books. Avoid libraries unless you're disciplined enough to bring back books on time. (I've lost over $100 on library fees.)

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    I listen more than I talk.

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    I'm pretty selective. I read & compare various sources of information, question intent/what's actually being said/ draw my own conclusions. I tend to avoid biased information that has hidden propaganda, which consists of mostly local news stations in my area/especially FOX.

    Funny thing is- when I traveled out of the US, I actually had a chance to watch news about 'world affairs' from that were actually from multiple perspectives. That to me, is true fair/balanced jouranlism. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    I love how some news channels claim to be "World News" when the major focus is celebrity gossip/local crimes like police chases. I also don't dig media-censorship.

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    fox news, the drudge report, and people magazine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beat View Post
    What is the main source of where you get your information and knowledge?
    Just life experience. Remembering the encounters I have with people and nature and machines.

    Do you read news articles, books, discuss subjects with others?
    Yes. Although not that many books.

    What is the best way for you to learn?
    By living. Hands-on, doing stuff and figuring out how it works, getting a feel for whatever it is.
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    1. Advice
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    3. Jeopardy!

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    reading compulsively

    National Geographic, Newsweek, Scientific American, New York Times, Fort Worth Star/Telegram, The National Review (like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, but I read it anyways ), NPR , El Pais

    Talking to people... you learn a lot from other people!

    I learned a lot more in college by talking to professors and fellow students after class than I ever learned from the textbooks, which are one of the few things I don't feel the desire to read
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    The National Review (like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, but I read it anyways
    Yes, higher education is always a challenge.

    Need to read more closely, though: there's no article in the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    Yes, higher education is always a challenge.

    Need to read more closely, though: there's no article in the title.
    sorry- half a sleep and a bit tipsy! (and therefore slightly mixed the title up with The Nation- it's opposite! )

    I merely read it in morbid curiosity of "how do people think that way?!? "

    the equivalent of you reading The Nation
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