The Infrastructure of Learning

It didn’t take long to learn that going back to school means more than just buying books, reading them, and going to class. After three days, Wife began to express her displeasure about the fifteen or so books of various shapes and sizes that were taking over our den/living room. As well, it became clear to me that the dining room table would not be an acceptable substitute for the campus library. Although we live a mere seven minute drive from the campus, the logistical challenges are barely worth the trouble.

So, I began to understand that what I needed was a study center; an area to hold my textbooks, notepads, pens/pencils and ancillary equipment, computer and printer, and a place to study in relative tranquility, far enough from the telephone, televisions, and kitchen to allow for a modicum of concentration.

It only took two days to achieve. A nifty glass desk, with adjoining tower to hold computer gear, a cheap wooden bookcase, and few desktop devices to assist in the maintenance of order, and about 18 hours of hard physical labor as I moved “stuff” from the spare bedroom to the backyard shed. Of course, I needed to clean out and organize the shed, which took a day. Then the reorganization of the room. Followed by the assembly of desk, tower, and bookcase, which was a daunting challenge for this “less than handy” fellow. But, after two days of dreary work, I have established the learning center, the nook, the launching pad for my new academic adventure.

Now, to rebuild those study habits…….


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“Life’s hard, son. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” — The Duke.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. - Joseph Addison
The term informavore (also spelled informivore) characterizes an organism that consumes information. It is meant to be a description of human behavior in modern information society, in comparison to omnivore, as a description of humans consuming food. George A. Miller [1] coined the term in 1983 as an analogy to how organisms survive by consuming negative entropy (as suggested by Erwin Schrödinger [2]). Miller states, "Just as the body survives by ingesting negative entropy, so the mind survives by ingesting information. In a very general sense, all higher organisms are informavores." - Wikipedia

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