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Autodidact

Postby Aytundra » Mon 29 Jul 2019 02:41

RRM,

How did you go about the library?
What was your strategy?
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Re: Autodidact

Postby RRM » Sun 11 Aug 2019 10:13

My motivation was interest.
I was looking for information about what happens on a molecular level when you cook food.
When you cook food, you can easily see that everything changes (colour, texture, odour), but what kind of interactions between molecules normally occur? And do those new molecules have any impact on our health?

My strategy was to read scientific articles and not going by the conclusions, but rather by the facts; collecting the names and origin of the new molecules that originate due to the influence of heat. Then i would use that new found name to enter in the search engine and find other articles mentioning that molecule, to find more info about it. That always leads to a whole bunch of related molecules that also require investigation.
So, once you start an investigation, there is a snowball effect that never stops, as there is an almost infinite volume of info available.
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Re: Autodidact

Postby Aytundra » Tue 10 Sep 2019 02:43

How long did you spend in the library?
How long did you spend with a book?
What does your notes look like? Do you type them? Write them? In pencil? In pen? In different coloured inks?
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Re: Autodidact

Postby RRM » Mon 23 Sep 2019 06:05

Im sorry it took so long; somehow i dont get notifications anymore when someone posts
Aytundra wrote:
Tue 10 Sep 2019 02:43
How long did you spend in the library?
Many hours each day. As long as i could; back in the days, one had to reserve a computer, and use all kind of tricks to get more turns.
Once i had internet at home, i often forgot to eat and sleep; i kept on reading and reading and taking notes. I could go on for days without rest, because i was so exited to learn.
How long did you spend with a book?
I didnt read books. Only studies.
Only in the beginning i read books about biochemistry.
It usually took me a day or 2 to finish it.
What does your notes look like?
One fact (quote) - one study. 20 to 30 quotes per page.
Do you type them? Write them? In pencil? In pen?
I wrote them in pen. Blue. Just blue.
I had big stacks of papers.

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