“The greatest thing about living in 2011 is that most of the questions that tormented, vexed, and perplexed humans for 200,000 years have really interesting answers that are not only freely available but beautifully presented.
In the past, even in the most free and wealthy societies, you were still stuck in a profession, hindered by professional guilds, the need for a “royal patent”, or being expected (and in some cases legally required) to keep to the same profession as your father.
Now a person can learn anything and (nearly) everything learned by any other professional, with notable exceptions like being a brain surgeon. You can learn what it takes to be over100,000 different professions, and then take steps to get formal educational credentials and licensing (for that small minority of professions requiring this).
There’s never been a time of greater CONCAVITY (bringing closure to most questions) combined with greater CONVEXITY (opening of education and profession and means of expressing one’s self) than we have right now.
This is the greatest of all known times to be alive, if you live in the broadband democracies.” via Alex Lightman, Scientist
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