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"Every systematic science, the humblest and the noblest alike, seems to admit of two distinct kinds of proficiency; one which is referred to as scientific knowledge of the topic, while the other is a kind of educational familiarity with it. For an educated individual should be able to form a fair off-hand judgment as to the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the method used by a teacher in his lecture.

To be educated is in fact to have the ability to do this; and even the man of universal education we deem to be virtuous in having this kind of ability. It will, however, be certainly understood that we only attribute universal education to one who in his own individual self is critical in all or almost all branches of knowledge, and not to an individual who has a similar ability only in one particular special area of knowledge. It is possible for an individual to have this ability in a single particular branch of knowledge without possessing it in all."

Aristotle, On the Parts of Animals

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On January 15th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
So, because I can't sleep I have been using the 'random journal' feature for about an hour to try to amuse and tire my mind. And I came to read your journal, and clicked the link to your website. I'd just like to say that you seem to be an amazing individual. Your artwork is great, but yet you're pursuing engineering. Thanks for being so awesome.
On January 16th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Dear Anon,

Thanks for visiting, even if only by chance, and I appreciate the vote of confidence!
Take care and I hope the insomnia isn't too much related to stress.
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On March 19th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC), paulownia commented:
Just spamming your LJ, reminding you that you do have a livejournal account. Blogspot.com is so for the nouveau blogger anyways >_<
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