Note: I personally feel that the entire concept of 'Western Civilization' is fundamentally flawed. So when reading the quote on my blog, you'll have to view it with a historical lens. I do pretty much agree with the points made on the over-specialization in academia. I'm not personally against specialization per se, but I do feel it is often over-specialized. So, I feel that an interdisciplinary approach, at least to some extent, is something worthwhile.

blogzacts.tumblr.com/post/1790 <-- My first tumblr blog post on a liberal education. It's a quote from an introduction to one of my books. I like it.

"The method of liberal education is the liberal arts, and the result of liberal education is discipline in those arts. The liberal artist learns to read, write, speak, listen, understand, and think."

thegreatideas.org/ <-- The Center for the Studies of the Great Ideas. I just discovered this cool website yesterday evening.

How to properly organize a peaceful protest?

I'll have some nice reading for the next couple of weeks.

@bthall the book on Mathematics and Science gets into Euclid's Elements in a detailed way.

I just got a nice set of books. amazon.com/GREAT-IDEAS-PROGRAM <-- I just got this set of books from a library booksale for $10 USD.

I like the idea of combining ideas from linguistics in with music.

I've been listening to some Sonny Stitt today.

I know nothing of which I speak, however. I'm just a student trying to learn some Greek.

I wonder if dry spaghetti spider web complex intertwined learning of languages is better than the speed of acquiring languages. It seems people often try more for the latter than the former. I mean both can be important, but, for me, I'm focusing more on the former lately. Perhaps both approaches can complement each other though. Don't know.

I'm trying to form some kind of curriculum to study over my winter break.

I just ordered a copy of the Conics by Apollonius.

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