Anyone but a total idiot can amass facts. That’s a task that can be carried out today by everyone with access to data retrieval websites like Google and Wikipedia. What the modern world lacks, and urgently needs, is people with the nous to make creative use of this massive data base of un-coordinated knowledge. 450 bushmaster ammo
Man is superior to other animals, not simply because he has a larger brain, but more particularly because his brain has infinitely more synaptic links. An ape can create simple tools. It can bang a gourd to create a ringing sound; use a stone to crack a nut, and wield a stick to fish out honey from a bee hive. But it hasn’t the intelligence to create a primitive musical instrument by beating the gourd with a hammer made by attaching the stone to the stick. It needs a human to contemplate such an imaginative leap. This was done by Johannes Gutenberg, in the middle of fifteenth century, when he realised that he could create an automatic printing press by adapting two existing technologies, the carved blocks utilized to print textiles and the presses used to express fruit juices.
Nowadays the world is full of knowledge handlers, but woefully short of people like Gutenberg who have the vision to make 1 + 1 make more than two. Diligent reading and studying alone are not enough. In fact the random gathering of facts can often confuse, rather than clarify, our thoughts. We need to question the accuracy of the data bombardment to which we’re constantly being subjected, which comes from spin doctors and snake oil salesmen as well as relatively unbiased academic sources. We must analyse its significance and decide how it relates to our existing concepts and ideas before we can bring it alive and turn it into a meaningful whole. What’s the point of learning by rote a series of letters like G-A-E-I-N-M-N, unless we recognize that they are an anagram for ‘meaning’?