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    If you could study or go to school for anything

    if money wasn't an issue and you could live forever (or just have all the time in the world), what subjects/interests would you study or go to school for?

    is this a big fantasy of yours, or not?

    edit: i know this topic is probably really depressing and sad. sorry.
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    I'd study Marxism. That should be a career.

    Art, philosophy, history, literature, languages, physics, math - I'd need all of eternity to learn the last two.
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    I'd probably study ancient mythology, history and religion. At this point I guess I'd find a good PhD program for that.
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    Theoretical physics/cosmology.

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    I'd probably switch to a physics undergrad, then try and get into the nanotech program at UW.

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    Optics for sure. And how vision forms the basis of our perception as well as subject / object distinctions. Next step would be to develop a monitor replacement so when dealing with screens our eyes needn't converge at close range. It would involve some kind of 3D interface that reduces eyestrain over time.
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    mathematics (mental pre-req), evolutionary game theory, computer science/ai, cognitive science, genetic engineering, memeology, ecological economics, mythology, history, materials science

    There is nothing practical about this list, but if one lives forever you have to stay busy. Also new fields of study would arise faster than they could be assimilated plus you'd have to go back after some time and re-do your degrees...

    As a compromise I'd like to take a class or two in each area, screw the degree

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    i find myself thinking about this a lot. i get really enthusiastic about new stuff, but often i'm lacking the resources to pursue them and can't afford to develop them much beyond a surface interest. i'm not really good at school and the general elitism of academia turns me off in a major way. however, this is one thing that actually makes me fantasize about living forever. not that i believe in past lives, but i think sometimes that in my past lives i probably chose to devote each life to one of these things.

    design, art, crafts, music disciplines-- graphic design, painting, industrial design, furniture design, jewelry design, woodworking, metalworking, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, book arts, theater & set design, creative writing, screenwriting, music composition & songwriting, music production, film scoring, architecture

    sciences & humanities-- biology w focus in marine biology, art history, archaeology, journalism, gender/women's studies, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, agriculture/horticulture, animal science (my grandpa's thing; his focus was chickens), electrical engineering (my dad's thing, although this didn't evolve into a career)

    sort of in between-- scientific illustration, visual journalism

    languages-- mandarin & cantonese, hindi, other chinese languages and "major" asian languages, spanish

    i'd try to use schooling as an opportunity to travel, too. maybe i forgot something.

    i still have the opportunity to continue my schooling, but school is expensive and i have serious problems with the structure. when i'm in school, i'm not healthy. if money issues and dying of old age weren't things to worry about, i actually don't think i'd spend my time procrastinating. i imagine i'd enroll fast and really try my best to get through each program until i finish or feel satisfied. there'd be no "deadline" anyway. besides, staying busy, doing some kind of work and developing myself is what makes me happy. a lifelong vacation isn't a vacation at all.
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    I'd start with languages. If I'm going to have a lot of time to learn, I need to be able to learn in different languages. I think I'd start with Spanish and German, and then move onto Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Hindi, and Russian. Then after many years, because the aforementioned ones would probably take decades, I'd learn just for fun, such as Greek.

    At the same time, I'd study history and politics. I'd most likely focus on ancient history and the emergence of first civilizations, and spend a lot of time learning Middle Eastern and Asian history (considering that they have the most history as far as civilizations go). I would then study philosophy and politics. Finally, I'd spend the rest of my time applying everything I'd learned to psychology.

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