Material vs Method


Out Of The Box Things That Have Shaped My Life

One of my new mentors is a brilliant young man by the name of Tim Ferriss. Time does not permit me to talk about Tim. You can Google or You Tube him. I was listening to one of his TED talks. Tim has learned twelve foreign languages in just a few months. He has become an expert tango dancer and has mastered long distance swimming. Until recently he had been terrified of water. Part of what he preaches is rejecting in part the acquisition of material knowledge for learning something, and adopting instead a method that works and that can bypass this knowledge. Tim learned Japanese not by buying books on Japanese but by learning a table that had the 1000 Japanese characters on it. This is an instance of a method bypassing a well known method of learning through materials. This happened to me today. It is simplistic and…

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