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    I'm busy reading through "a Study in Scarlet" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - a classic.

    Anyway, Sherlock Holmes speaks of his "brain attic" and how he prefers to fill it with information useful to him. He expresses that knowing too much just crowds his thoughts and impairs him. Makes perfect sense to me.

    It's got me wondering, why do we even bother learning things of no relevance to our imagined careers?

    When we go through school we are over-burdened with nonsense instead of being fed helpful knowledge we'll use in the future.

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    (Original post by Dodgypirate)
    I'm busy reading through "a Study in Scarlet" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - a classic.

    Anyway, Sherlock Holmes speaks of his "brain attic" and how he prefers to fill it with information useful to him. He expresses that knowing too much just crowds his thoughts and impairs him. Makes perfect sense to me.

    It's got me wondering, why do we even bother learning things of no relevance to our imagined careers?

    When we go through school we are over-burdened with nonsense instead of being fed helpful knowledge we'll use in the future.

    Thoughts?
    Seeing as my imagined career is the person who knows it all, gimme the knowledge!
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    Firstly because you're a bit buggered if your imagined career doesn't happen in reality.

    Secondlt because there is far more to life than your career. Most people gather knowledge because they are curious, not in the service of some career goal.
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    Only gaining knowledge which goes towards your career is truly a sad thing.
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    People change career goals all the time why should they limit themselves to one mindset when they might change their minds

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    Because you have to know about the universe before you know what you want to do in it. Your school education is exploration, not progress towards some career goal.

    It's also not really true that knowing too much crowds out other information (although it can slow down searches). The capacity of long-term memory will not be filled in a lifetime.
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    (Original post by Dodgypirate)
    Anyway, Sherlock Holmes speaks of his "brain attic" and how he prefers to fill it with information useful to him. He expresses that knowing too much just crowds his thoughts and impairs him. Makes perfect sense to me.
    Makes practically no sense to me, to be honest. Can't say I ever feel like I know too much stuff, and any bit of information may prove useful, or at the very least, interesting, at some point in time. I guess I just don't think in the same way as Sherlock Holmes does (or Arthur Conan Doyle I suppose).
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    (Original post by Dez)
    Makes practically no sense to me, to be honest. Can't say I ever feel like I know too much stuff, and any bit of information may prove useful, or at the very least, interesting, at some point in time.
    I also feel the same about this, we simply don't have enough time to fill our brains to full capacity for our thoughts to be drowned out. Whatever I learn, it's usually detailed but broad enough for me to appreciate at some point in the future as well as the present. It helps me form some models albeit small, but nonetheless a part of a gigantic three dimensional puzzle... I don't need to learn about psychology as I have no interest in becoming a psychologist but I do it anyways because it's fun, stretches my thinking and may prove useful in the future.
 
 
 
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