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Course Burnout

I keep thinking back to the wonderful little book Scott Adams did called How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. In it, he says:

Your mind isn’t magic. It’s a moist computer you can program.

The mind is a moist computer. I love that. And learning new skills (perhaps by taking courses) are like adding functions and features to that moist computer. If you take a few financial classes, you become better at the financial skill. If you take some social psychology classes, you become better at that. If you watch all of the seasons of Honey Boo Boo, well… I guess your moist computer can be used to process that too.

But sometimes you need a rest. In school, we had summers off, Spring break, and Winter break. Teachers realize that there is a maximum about of info you can cram into a brain, and people need rest.

I might need to take a few weeks off taking courses. I am not sure yet. I’ve been taking 4 at a time lately, and my enthusiasm at signing up for a new one now that the current batch are ending is low.

Even on my vacation, where I was not really blogging that much, I was watching all my course videos and taking the tests. As I was on the way from Brazil to Paraguay, sitting quietly looking out the window, I was listening to Week 3 of the Music of the Beatles course. I was able to watch all the videos of that on my iPod during that trip.

So, a return to blogging and a small break in courses. Or at least go from 4 at a time down to 1 would be a nice break. Dan Ariely’s nice “Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior” course is about to start, and I don’t want to miss that.


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