How do you learn everything and where do you start from?

Is this the oldest period one can learn from? Or perhaps one should study physics or biology first? Obviously this an extreme goal that most likely nobody can reach but it's also really fun and interesting to attempt.

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  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think you found this picture in the sticky. Another book is listed there as well. How to read a book, in that book the concept of syntopical reading is introduced. This is what you aim to do with each of these fields, and indeed try to synthesize further understanding by seeing how to fields relate to a greater whole.

    What is your goal? Because the greeks will be of little aid to you if your objective is to master the natural sciences. If you are intent on becoming a philosopher I'd study philosophy sequentially this way maybe trying to contextualize the history of the eras the works were written in. I'd also study mathematics and learn how to write proofs.

    But you will not learn everything, there simply isn't enough time.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >How do you learn everything
      I am afraid you cannot, due to the structure of knowledge.

      >and where do you start from
      What do you want to learn first?

      >Is this the oldest period one can learn from?
      Yes.

      >Or perhaps one should study physics or biology first?
      That can also be read chronologically, but due to the early stage of knowledge, a lot of disciplines are not interconnected.

      The advice is actually true, just as given in the book: some books are best read as summaries, skimmed, and How to Read a Book is one of those books.

      >Is this the oldest period one can learn from?
      No, there is an older period.
      Start with Academic papers on gobleki tepe and the other tepes, and comparative mythology + comparative etymology on the indo-europeans.
      Then you can start with Sumer(ia).

      There are common themes across mythologies. It isn't necessary to start with any particular one, of a certain age.

      Why start from the oldest period if you want to learn everything, where there is most likely the most errors and least efficient techniques?

      I'm not sure how likely it is that we have much left to learn from the ANE, but it is a simple fact that, the more the circle of knowledge expands, the greater the quantity of overlooked gems.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Is this the oldest period one can learn from?
    No, there is an older period.
    Start with Academic papers on gobleki tepe and the other tepes, and comparative mythology + comparative etymology on the indo-europeans.
    Then you can start with Sumer(ia).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >comparative mythology + comparative etymology
      Mind explaining?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what are the sources you recommend then, anon?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't learn anymore. I'm enlightened. I just eat food and beat the shit out of nerds. I raped sophia's little butthole and it was so tight.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why start from the oldest period if you want to learn everything, where there is most likely the most errors and least efficient techniques?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Because some things can be lost in time and we could be misinformed that we know what's better.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >physics or biology
    Applied sciences consisting of theories and suggestions. Start with pure maths if you want to study a field created by God. This isn't to say you shouldn't study physics and biology, but they aren't what you're looking for.

    Yes OP is the oldest you can start with written literature, but other regions didn't write down or lost their culture. Even the ancient near-easterns' writings are very fragmented and it won't be as comprehensive as say reading the Bible. I'm doing something similar, but reading mythologies from several regions including stuff like the Eddas, while of course still keeping in mind the period when they were written. Even though it's technically out of order, it should be a good foundation for understanding most cultures before getting into their later works. Be sure to just get into reading as soon as possible instead of getting caught up in making vain lists, though.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Languages unlock the key to knowledge. Learn your Latin and Greek and French and German, as every good scholar does.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      but that's hard

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Learn your Latin and Greek
      yes
      >French
      maybe, if you’re interested in French literature
      >German
      lol no

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm sure it's the same anon from /clg/ who always points out (correctly) that French and German are good to know for reading philological scholarship. If that wasn't clear to you from the way he phrased it I highly doubt you actually know Latin or Greek.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you learn latin you're good
    learn italian or spanish
    learn french
    that's it
    anything in german is in english already

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