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Why Do People Like To Learn and How Do They Learn Best
I was looking at the 'Why do people like to teach' thread and decided to approach the subject of education from the other side.
Why do people like to learn?  Depending on a person's age and situation the receiving of education or wisdom is all over the place.
There are things we must learn to stay alive and things that we must learn if our spirits are to grow-- to transcend.
Can we discuss the art of learning?  How do you do it best?
What is your approach to learning and how has it changed as you've learned more and as the years have passed?
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Abraham Lincoln

Learning is an evolving exercise and is a 'cradle to grave' activity.The day a person stops learning he or she starts the regressive process.Even a good teacher  has to be first a good student to do justice to his teaching process.People like to learn primarily out of an instinct for curiosity' and spreading the knowledge  with a cascading effect.

You can have all the facts and still not have the information,you can have lots of info and do not know how to use them and  what it means to you.You can even know what it means to you ,but do not know what to do.This is what the learning cycle will take you , do what you can do.

When I was a kid I learned because my head was empty and natures abhors....
When I got a little older I learned begrudgingly because I was a smart ass.
When I became an adult, which only happened recently, I realized how stupid I am.

To learn in your later years you have to dump your preconceptions, I'm peeling them off like layers of burned skin and I know that I'll have layers more to go when they lay me in my grave but I'm learning to love the process.

In response to Linda OReilly
When I was a kid, I learned by imitation; rapport was irresistible. When I was a teen, I learned by accident, in spite of myself. Was lucky to have teachers who accepted that I could learn while half asleep.
Once I got to college, I learned by absorption - so I chose my teachers carefully.
After college, I knew how to spot a fantastic teacher - sometimes I would just learn whatever a fantastic teacher had to teach

Absorption is still my favorite sort of learning, because I realize that many teachers come up with an explanation that doesn't really match what they actually do. It's the doing of something that I'm often interested in more than the explanation. People teach how they learned - if they take what they learned further, they often don't have ways to explain what they're really doing, so they use their teacher's words. A learner sometimes needs to ignore that.

Teachers who want to learn enjoy me because I ask them questions that they haven't thought of the answers to yet.
Since college, have always been able to learn from books. Was surprised when I realized this is rare. I outline a book if I think it's something I want to learn - which other people find hard to believe I'm actually spending my time doing that. It's cheaper than buying the book - and I have the contents that I want to use/remember in my brain after I outline it.

The thing that has been the most useful for me as a learner has been learning how to observe. Each discipline, skill, world of knowledge or study has it's own sense, body language and lexicon, which  it pays off to learn - but not at first. I find that I want to directly experience it first, before I'm trained into looking at it from the traditional point of view. After that experience, I'll understand what the solutions have answered; but sometimes it will allow me to innovate learning faster than the classic means.
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