It is well known fact that Access to knowledge is the key to creativity, innovation, and success in life.

Knowledge will make you free

Knowledge will make you free

As human beings we all have the potential to acquire knowledge and learn new things throughout our lives. The quest to acquire knowledge can go beyond job training or formal education and every person can benefit from making life a learning journey in which she learns something new every day.

Knowledge can be acquired through higher education but it can also be acquired through free and plentiful sources such as public libraries and the Internet.

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It is well known fact that Access to knowledge is the key to creativity, innovation, and success in life.

eExplore embodies aspiration to reshape knowledge in the Information Age and aims to distill the wealth of information available to us today – online and off – into a portal of discovery for meaningful knowledge, powered by cross-disciplinary curiosity.

H0w to acquire knowledge via the Internet

  • Browse the Internet for topics that interest you. The search for knowledge can be as simple as visiting a search engine such as Google or Yahoo! and typing in a word or topic that you want to learn more about.

  • Read about topics from multiple viewpoints on the Internet. Search out academic or scientific journals online or browse the wealth of knowledge that comes from everyday people posting what they know on the Internet.
  • Check facts and the truth behind what you find on the Internet to further increase your knowledge on a subject. Keep in mind that what you find online is not always true, but with the Internet you can check many sources of knowledge to find the most accurate source.
  • Join discussion forums or writing websites to share the knowledge you acquire online. You can help others learn while at the same time learning from them.
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The internet has become one of the most loved and used sources of information. The world wide web’s popularity is phenomenal.

The fact you are reading this very article demonstrates the power of the internet. A human from a tiny part of the world wrote this and you are now reading it from your part of the world. Websites and web pages are a way of allowing us all to share our knowledge, interests and experiences.

The benefits of using the internet to find things

Whether looking for a local taxi company, a mobile hairdresser or even some income protection insurance, the internet is a vast source of knowledge. We are all guilty of running to the mercy of Google whenever we want to get our hands on some information fast. The internet allows us to have information right at our fingertips whenever we need it.

Internet Explorer doesnt like the Conservatives

Internet Explorer doesnt like the Conservatives

Downfalls of using the internet to gain knowledge

Despite recent tabloid debates regarding privacy and what you can and cannot say on the internet, the truth still remains that the web offers a place for freedom of speech. Because of this freedom to express and share knowledge, you will find many inaccuracies when relying on the internet for information and knowledge. This can be a big problem if you are using the information you find for college coursework or even to report back to your boss!

Certain sites like Wikipedia back up their information with facts and evidence, they even have the facility for reader input and modifications if a reader feels the content is inaccurate, but sites such as these are very rare and it is up to our own research skills and common sense to distinguish between the fact and the fiction.

How to use the internet correctly when looking for information

As the information on the internet has been put there by us imperfect humans, you need to ensure you only use the information you are presented with as a guide. For example, if you are looking for legal information on equity release, use various sites to gain an overall understanding of the subject. By consulting many different web sites, you will be able to iron out any contradictory content and facts.

Knowledge will make you free

Curiosity is the mother of intelligence

Curiosity is an important trait of a genius. I don’t think you can find an intellectual giant who is not a curious person. Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, they are all curious characters. Richard Feynman was especially known for his adventures which came from his curiosity.

But why is curiosity so important? Here are four reasons:

It makes your mind active instead of passive
Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.

It makes your mind observant of new ideas
When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right in front of you and yet you miss them because your mind is not prepared to recognize them. Just think, how many great ideas may have lost due to lack of curiosity?

It opens up new worlds and possibilities
By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. They are hidden behind the surface of normal life, and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new worlds and possibilities.

It brings excitement into your life

The life of curious people is far from boring. It’s neither dull nor routine. There are always new things that attract their attention, there are always new ‘toys’ to play with. Instead of being bored, curious people have an adventurous life.
Now, knowing the importance of curiosity, here are some tips to develop it:

1. Keep an open mind

This is essential if you are to have a curious mind. Be open to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind.

2. Don’t take things as granted

If you just accept the world as it is without trying to dig deeper, you will certainly lose the ‘holy curiosity’. Never take things as granted. Try to dig deeper beneath the surface of what is around you.

3. Ask questions relentlessly

A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface is asking questions: What is that? Why is it made that way? When was it made? Who invented it? Where does it come from? How does it work? What, why, when, who, where, and how are the best friends of curious people.

4. Don’t label something as boring

Whenever you label something as boring, you close one more door of possibilities. Curious people are unlikely to call something as boring. Instead, they always see it as a door to an exciting new world. Even if they don’t yet have time to explore it, they will leave the door open to be visited another time.

5. See learning as something fun

If you see learning as a burden, there’s no way you will want to dig deeper into anything. That will just make the burden heavier. But if you think of learning as something fun, you will naturally want to dig deeper. So look at life through the glasses of fun and excitement and enjoy the learning process..

6. Read diverse kinds of reading

Don’t spend too much time on just one world; take a look at another worlds. It will introduce you to the possibilities and excitement of the other worlds which may spark your interest to explore them further. One easy way to do this is through reading diverse kinds of reading. Try to pick a book or magazine on a new subject and let it feed your mind with the excitement of a new world.

English: Knowledge Triangle

English: Illustration of the Knowledge Triangle

English: Illustration of the Knowledge Triangle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enjoy and explore.

A Shanepedia Compilation

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Special thanks to A, Carrie-ann Sudlow &  Maxwell Payne of eHow, eZine

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