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    Did Physics, not too interested in that though there are some areas I might poke into more.

    Did enough languages. German, Latin, and Greek. I wouldn't mind learning a little French, or at least how to pronounce it but what's the point?

    Also did music. More I want to do there but that's a side thing.

    I guess the only thing is that I work as an Engineer but don't have an actual Engineering degree. I wouldn't mind getting a PhD in CS.

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    I don't know.

    Forestry, maybe. After some hindsight and minimal dabbling a while back, I can entertain the possibility it might have led to a career that would suit my temperament a bit better than the profession I'm in now.

    Plus I guess it's interesting to me to use my scant knowledge of the science to try and N-Grok how you're just basically looking at plants doing all the same basic shit humans do (fight wars, construct economies, whatever) in slow motion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal View Post

    for everyone listing history

    Yeah.

    Last I heard, survey data suggested history is the single least popular class in American high schools, and it is of course one of the more justifiably maligned of liberal arts majors among actual college students. (Unless you want to be a lawyer, in which case a double major in history and philosophy could actually end up being fairly lucrative in the long run.)

    I realize that's completely different than "what would you do hypothetically assuming time and money are no object" reasoning, but still funny.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ptah View Post
    No history, no exposition, no anecdote or argument changes the invariant: we are all human beings, and some humans are idiots.

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    The more theoretical, the better. It's more useless that way.

    Yeah, it's a fantasy.
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    Who needs school? Self-study is already the pattern in my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptah View Post
    Who needs school? Self-study is already the pattern in my life.
    Some fortunate people don't need the structure provided by school but many do--people are different.

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    I just wish I had time to do everything I could care to do. To achieve some level of enrichment you need hours of dedication which negate all those you'd otherwise waste on something else. This is why the 'quick fix', instant gratifications win over after a day of work at the office. Among other reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thevenin View Post
    Some fortunate people don't need the structure provided by school but many do--people are different.
    There's that. Also, beyond what you can study yourself, there's the real-time exchange of ideas with similarly-interested or situated people that happens (ideally) in a place where people gather to study things. Maybe you get a new angle you hadn't thought of or read yet.

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