In this discussion post, I would like to discuss the learning methods and sources. First of all, I would like to analyze my learning style, which McMinn puts in the eleventh position on his list of prerequisites for lifelong learning. The author suggests that some people may continue seeking a perfect way to acquire new knowledge for many years before finding the best approach (McMinn, 28). I intend to agree with the author since there are modes of study that I attempted to use, such as offline library usage or asking questions online, that did not bring much success. Nowadays, I try to learn from reading others’ discussions more and exploring the topics from these debates that interest me.
As for the development of my intellectual nutrient base, there are several sources that I regularly utilize for both studying and general curiosity. First of all, there are many online communities that explore and discuss various topics and generate new ideas. For example, Reddit is one such place where people often conduct ‘brainstorms’ in order to discuss new possibilities. There are heated discussions, among which there are many sources of inspiration for fresh ideas and life-changing perspectives.
Aside from that, there is a number of YouTube channels that provide a quick rundown on interesting topics, including engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and many other, sometimes too specific ones. The channels that I follow include various branches of BBC, National Geographic, Mark Rober, Today I Found Out, Veritasium, and many others. These sources provide additional food for thought and make me explore new articles on both Wikipedia and Google Scholar. In conclusion, by exploring the many possibilities that the Internet provides, I might be spreading my attention too thin, yet there are many opportunities for new ideas that can come from these sources.
McMinn, D. (2015). Lifelong learning. iPlace Press.