Section: A) - Syllabus 4

Anna Gazdag posted 3 years ago, 2 Responses
This quote tells me that every information that we need to have can be obtained through observation. I agree with this to a certain degree. As an autodidact person I have experience many times in my life that I can obtain information on my own just fine and I don’t need anyone to explain it to me as long as I have the time and energy to analize it for myself I will eventually connect the dots. As far as I know that was the original method of obtaining information before any kind of formal education systems appared. There were times before the establishment of the first universities when people already mastered (not neccesseraly by modern standards) different professions through observation.
Another interpretation of this quote can be the fact that nothing is as educational and convincing to a person than what she experiences for herself hence observation is the best way to learn.

Dear Anna,

many thanks. I believe you are totally right. Learning by observing is build on a very interesting psychological foundation, namely that the individual is self-confident enough to believe that the (s)he is capable of learning this way. What I want to say is that the focus is not placed on an external authority, like an university, but on the internal abilities to go through or even master this process.

BR, Daniel