It’s Hard

We’re three weeks into the semester. The excitement of new classes has been replaced by a gathering sense of  anxiety; the difficulty of the new material is becoming more evident. New things have to be learned; to be learned they must be understood; to be understood requires practice, practice, reading, and memorization.

Calculus, probability & statistics, and programming are not skills acquired through reading and taking notes, as was the case with my old friends, English and History. My writing skills cannot gloss over any lack of knowledge in terms of calculating the precise limit of a function, or determining the probability that A intersects B intersects C and derives a certain value. or, God forbid, writing an accumulator program that performs some function based on user input.

No, the material must be mastered. It’s hard.

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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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