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Philosophy, Maths, And The True Meaning Of Learning

I’ve been looking at university lately, and one course that really strikes me as interesting is Philosophy And Mathematics. (Maybe with some psychology in my first year..)

Philosophy is the study of why, it is the subject that deals with the big, complicated questions, such as “Does God exist?”, “Do souls exist?”, “What is human nature?”, and Mathematics is the study of what is, it is the basis of all scientific knowledge, and is underlying most, if not all, of today’s society.

So, if you’re studying the very vague and unanswerable, and the very precise and definite, then surely the knowledge you’d gain from both, even if not that useful when applied to the other subject, combined, would give you the tools to examine almost all problems?

And that’s one of the true appeals of the course to me. The other is probably how varied the topics are. Philosophy is about inexact answers, and if I get tired of that, I have Maths to fall back on, where the answers are exact and precise.

So, here’s something to take away from this post, a personal view that I’ve revised time and time again. Learning isn’t about knowledge and facts.

Learning is about two things, skills and thoughts, together they shape how you view the world, so learning as much as possible for learning’s sake is the best thing you could do with your time.

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How To (Not) Revise

Here are a few quick tips on how to get around that pile of work that sits on your desk, staring at you. It’s there right now, isn’t it, intimidating you. Don’t worry, for I am going to help you ignore it!

  • Get yourself online.

Them twenty unread Facebook inboxes that you never read, maybe you should. What if they’re important? There could be a vital snippet of information in that inbox from three months ago.

This applies to emails too. What if that rich Nigerian prince really does want to send you loads of money? What if a rich Chinese businessman really does need your services to get money out of the country? What if you really do need discount prescription-only drugs?

  • Go for a walk into your closest shopping centre.

That shop that you’ve never been into might contain some amazing deals, you should really spend at least ten minutes exploring it. You checked a shop half an hour ago? Go in again, they might have added more stock! You’re feeling the slightest bit tired? Go grab a coffee from your local café, but always remember, you have to sit in to drink it, what if you stepped outside and tripped over and spilt it, what if a rabid animal tackled you to the ground for your precious latte? Yes, you better sit indoors and relax for half an hour or so.

  • Learn origami.

This technique is doubly effective, as you’re practising an ancient tradition, enriching your cultural mindset, and reducing the amount of paper on your desk at the same time. You don’t need that important letter, homework, coursework, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, wouldn’t they be more useful and decorative as cranes, flowers, fortune-tellers, stars?

So, next time you feel pressured to maybe revise for your exams, make some important finances, or do anything productive, remember this guide!

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