I am obsessed with learning.

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I am obsessed with learning.

 Since I dumped religion I have become obsessed with learning. Has that happened to anyone else. I can just sit around and read all day long. I even have a physical science book that I read while I am on the toilet. 

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 Absolutely.My first foray

 Absolutely.

My first foray into reality was the (at the time) staggering realization that humans are animals and nothing more, and we can study them the same way we study any other animal.

Since becoming an atheist, I've probably learned more than I did in two college degrees -- just from reading stuff on my own.

 

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I've always had a passion

I've always had a passion for learning, but I think when you let go of religion you sort of free yourself because "God" doesn't remain the answer to everything we don't know, anymore. If you really think about it, religion enslaves people in more ways than one. It's not just the complacency it creates, but a fear of sharing thoughts with other people, a fear to question the universe, and it robs us of ambition and desire since we have Heaven to look forward to.


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 Since I dumped religion I have become obsessed with learning. Has that happened to anyone else. I can just sit around and read all day long. I even have a physical science book that I read while I am on the toilet. 

Absolutely. I do the same thing with one of my old Bio books from high school. It's also interesting to look at things you took for granted as a religious person in a completely different light. Hitchens' "The Missionary Position" springs to mind...

"Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, show me the steep and thorny way to heaven. Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, himself the primrose path of dalliance treads. And recks not his own rede."


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I'm pretty much addicted to

I'm pretty much addicted to learning. When I get bored, I learn something. When I learn a lot about it, I get bored, and then I learn something else. Ad infinitum.

I've been an autodidact my entire life. When I was 12 or 13 I was curious what an enzyme was. I had read the word in various places, but had no clue what it was. So I went to the library and got an encyclopedia and looked it up. That's when I first learned about evolution (for real, not the watered down version you get in everyday culture), and that one little learning experience helped me ace Biology in highschool.

Kids are natural-born learners. The problem with the education system is that it beats that natural capacity for wonder out of kids. Kids become numbed out, bored, afraid of learning, and generally anti-intellectual (the whole 'nerd' thing).

I always hated school, and never took it seriously, which was both good and bad. Bad because my work habits are weak, but good because I didn't get my wonder instinct killed. I think that's why I learn and why I'm addicted to learning.

Wonder is by far my favourite emotion. If anything is going to lead humanity out of the darkness of religion and superstition, it's wonder. The universe is too amazing to waste our lives failing to appreciate it.

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Yah, I have pretty much

Yah, I have pretty much always been hooked on learning. If I look one thing up on wikipedia, I very often end up opening the linked articles in new tabs and linked articles often lead to further linked articles. One search will often have me read as many as 10~15 other articles on related material.

 

It does not end there for me either. One of the hardest parts of spring cleaning is deciding which books to throw out. I probably buy like 30~50 books a year and that means that books have to go in order to maintain the flow.

 

As far as the nerd stereo type, learning has always been so important to me that I simply ignored that. In fifth and sixth grades, I was one of six students in my school who was authorized to operate the VTR (reel to reel video tape recorder). That set me apart from my peers fairly well.

 

It did not matter all that much though because I was also the best student at a bunch of other things that were of some importance to kids. For example, in dodge ball, I was always the last man standing on my team and coach would have to put three balls into play to end the game. In other games, I was generally known to be the best person to captain a team because I would pick the strongest line-up.

 

Oddly though, I was considered “learning disabled” because I would grow out of my grade curriculum very quickly. I remember one period of my life where each grade math class would start with a review of previous material. How fricken many years do I have to learn multiplication for any way? Teach me once and then move on. But NO! I had to be taught it like three years in a row.

 

When I would question why this was, the stock answer is that the new teacher needs to find out what I already know. Yet, when I would “act out” (a typical American phrase to indicate parental disapproval at my pulling some asshole stunt), I would be told “Young man, this is going on your permanent record”. Hey genius! Why not put the fact that I already got an A on multiplication in the third grade.

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Oddly though, I was considered “learning disabled” because I would grow out of my grade curriculum very quickly. I remember one period of my life where each grade math class would start with a review of previous material. How fricken many years do I have to learn multiplication for any way? Teach me once and then move on. But NO! I had to be taught it like three years in a row.

 

When I would question why this was, the stock answer is that the new teacher needs to find out what I already know. Yet, when I would “act out” (a typical American phrase to indicate parental disapproval at my pulling some asshole stunt), I would be told “Young man, this is going on your permanent record”. Hey genius! Why not put the fact that I already got an A on multiplication in the third grade.

 

WOW! That is so fucking annoying. Even more annoying(and basically the reason for why I'm being repeatedly taught the same stuff) is when a classmate wants to borrow my calculator to multiply 7 x 13       I'm not kidding...........

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I've always loved learning,

I've always loved learning, but the process of rejecting religion was a push towards learning in itself.

*Our world is far more complex than the rigid structure we want to assign to it, and we will probably never fully understand it.*

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I've noticed that I need

I've noticed that I need internet everywhere I go.

I go outside and see some interesting insect and immediately I need to know everything about it. Someone mentions something I don't understand and I go search for information. I'd give anything for direct brain connection to the internet Smiling

 


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Since I dumped religion I have become obsessed with learning. Has that happened to anyone else. I can just sit around and read all day long. I even have a physical science book that I read while I am on the toilet. 

If I may be so bold, you took the most difficult cultural step in learning by rejecting the god meme. It is a truly liberating experience.

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marshalltenbears wrote:
Since I dumped religion I have become obsessed with learning. Has that happened to anyone else. I can just sit around and read all day long. I even have a physical science book that I read while I am on the toilet. 

If I may be so bold, you took the most difficult cultural step in learning by rejecting the god meme. It is a truly liberating experience.

it sure is. 

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 Religion is the protector

 Religion is the protector and perpetuator of all human slavery, for the profits of the capitalist system. 

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And yet religion is far

And yet religion is far older than capitalism.  Go figure.

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becoming obsessed with learning

 That's funny that someone would become so obsessed that you'd read something completely out of order on the toilet......lol.  Now, that's what I need to become...........