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Isaac Asimov: Becoming Educated

Self-Education

Real education comes to shape if we are respecting the importance of self-education, and not just happy being spoon-fed the pre-determined syllabus.

We need to expand our boundaries of imagination and learn at the edge of our knowledge.

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Self-Education

Real education comes to shape if we are respecting the importance of self-education, and not just happy being spoon-fed the pre-determined syllabus.

We need to expand our boundaries of imagination and learn at the edge of our knowledge.

The Boundaries of Knowledge

We think non-fiction is more educational, but great fiction is possibly an even vaster vessel of wisdom. Imagination defines the boundaries of possibility and is far greater than mere knowledge.

Fictional stories tell us how the one-dimensional facts that we learn from history and science and philosophy mesh together.

The Edge of Your Knowledge

Jargon, prejudice, and even previous knowledge holds up our learning, locking us into one-dimensional thinking.

Clarity comes when we reach the edge of our understanding and play around there without fear.

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Just Read

We all have this one skill we need to use more: we need to read more.

Reading builds up knowledge if done regularly, like compound interest.


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"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" is Fiction

John T. Reed, a real estate investor, looked into the accuracy of Kiyosaki's best-selling book and found it inaccurate:

  • The Rich Dad is most likely an invention. ...
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" contains dangerous advice

According to John T. Reed the famous book is filled with bad advice:

Dangerous advice

  • "If you're gonna go broke, go broke big"
  • Convinces people that college is for suckers

Law-breaking advice

  • Advocates committing a felony: have rich friends for trading stock based on non-public inside information, he says "That's what friends are for."
  • Recommends tax fraud by deducting vacations and health club dues
  • Brags about using a partner weasel clause in which his cat is his partner
Kiyosaki is making money from a personality cult

Many critics pointed out that Kiyosaki is selling a cult, not financial advice.

He is accused of tapping into the fantasies of the masses & being short on specifics, both attributes of religious cults.