Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Learning 2.0

Last year I suddenly decided that it's time to go back to school and finish MLIS. The idea itself of going back to school is not new but its been placed in the backburner for so long that I ended up stressing myself. It turned out that there was really nothing to stress about. Its just a continuation of what I do everyday, that is learning... only this time I get something back other than the knowledge gained, the satisfaction that I am doing it. I consider myself at the 1.0 phase though I can manage to navigate my way in creating a blog, I would really love to get myself up to speed before we move on to 3.0 or 4.0

For a while there I forgot what was to me second nature... viewing problems as challenges. But only for a while. Like most people, I like having a goal in mind... the way towards that goal can be straight and narrow or it can be winding and full of detours. I've always believed that every moment we have is a learning moment. At times we probably don't notice any of that learning happening, but it does happen. The next time something similar happens, we know exactly what to do, how to act, sometimes even surprising ourselves for doing the right thing. Listening to the lecture on the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners I was amazed at how easily we take for granted simple things that can make life easier and fun.

The human brain is a curiosity to me. It keeps goings no matter what accumulating information, enabling us to learn new things, pushing us to do more... as long as a person lives, there will always be learning. Isn't it curious that man can live without a functioning heart (with the help of machines of course), but not without a brain?