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William Styron on Why Formal Education Is a Waste of Time for Writers
William Styron on Why Formal Education Is a Waste of Time for Writers

“For a person whose sole burning ambition is to write — like myself — college is useless beyond the Sophomore year.”

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Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love
Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love

“Labels are distancing phenomena. They push us away from each other.”

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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education
Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

“How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authority and ambition.”

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The “I” of the Beholder: What Is the Self?
The “I” of the Beholder: What Is the Self?

“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings.”

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Pioneering Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson on Wonder, Parenting, and Why It Is More Important to Feel Than to Know
Pioneering Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson on Wonder, Parenting, and Why It Is More Important to Feel Than to Know

“If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

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Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get
Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get

“Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions.”

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Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society
Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

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Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962
Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

A prophetic vision for mobile, time-shifted, tele-commuted, on-demand education.

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

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The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013
The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013

The wonders of the gut, why our brains are wired to be social, what poetry and math have in common, swarm intelligence vs. “God,” and more.

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