Excerpts of Discoveries from Various Sources
Learning from the revelations of others
A variety of topics worth considering
Lists of various topics of interest
Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns.
—J. M. Clark
Listed below are topics which have been narrated in various articles and sources of information from both recent and past publications.
- Topic: From 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, advice from a word-learning publication.
- Topic: How to improve one's vocabulary with the root meanings of Latin and Greek elements via Word Clues.
- Topic: Word Groups: allos, alter (other); ambulare (walk, move); arch (beginning; the first, the leader, the ruler; bell, "war, waging war").
- Topic: Word Groups: cad, cas, cid (fall); cand (glow, shining white, burn); canna (reed, pipe); cap, cept (take, seize).
- Topic: Energy is a subject from a special dictionary.
- "Religion may be irrational, but simply attacking it flies in the face of science"
- "China: Growing Pains of a Superpower"
- Topic: The Black Death, considered the worst plague in recorded history, Part 1 of 3.
- Topic: The Black Death, considered the worst plague in recorded history, Part 2 of 3.
- Topic: The Black Death, considered the worst plague in recorded history, Part 3 of 3.
- Topic: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times, Part 1 of 4.
- Topic: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times, Part 2 of 4.
- Topic: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times, Part 3 of 4.
- Topic: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times, Part 4 of 4.
- Topic: Tetrodotoxin, fish poisoning that can kill.
- Topic: 55 Cancri, where five new planets were discovered in the constellation of Cancer, 41 light years away.
- Topic: Ganges River in India where environmentalists battle a multitude of problems to clean up a river revered as the source of life.
- Topic: Characteristics of Life and the elements of life that evolve into living organizations.
Since we cannot know all that is to be known about everything, we ought to know something about as many things as possible.
We can all be lifelong learners even from bits and pieces of information!
Lifelong learning means self-directed growth. It means being aware of what is going on in the world beyond your personal existence.
To become a better lifelong earner is to be aware of information and knowledge from a variety of sources. Rather than limiting yourself make each day an adventure in discovery and explorations.
Lifelong learning isn't consciously studying, or having to memorize something someone tells you to, or pursuing a certain set of subjects which schools consider important.
Many people have trouble at first with the concept of self-directed learning. They can't see that independent, unconstrained, non-institutionalized learning is also a "real" education.
Too many people assume that the "right" way to learn is in a classroom, from a teacher and from texts, through listening to "expert authorities", and doing assigned reading by taking tests and getting grades.
The lifelong learner is liberated from these superstitions about education; and therefore, free to pursue his/her own growth in an infinite variety of ways.
This section of Focusing on Words is presented to inspire you to be more curious about topics, from the past and the present, and to give you more opportunities for "lifelong learning"!
Being knowledgeable is not a matter of how much we know, but of how much we know about things which others do not know.
This Word Info site includes many words that are used in our modern age, especially those from "Latin and Greek sources".
Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be.