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Sep 24, 2011

Learning about Learning

Class today was very interesting. I think what I have learned in this class and in conjunction with other courses in the past two weeks will benefit all people in pursuit of knowledge. There is here, a constant theme.

Some people believe attending college is for getting a degree, others think it is for gained experience, many here seem to come to BYUI for an MRS. degree and  still others to make their parents happy. :)  I submit that students have missed the most important part of their university experience if they have not gleaned the ability to LEARN. What do I mean by that?

First of all you have to acquire a love of finding the truth.....Do you have it? Good. Because you can get a lot of everything else that isn't truth if you're not careful. One of the most beautiful things you can do in this life is learn. It is how we avoid being deceived by misinformed, or manipulative people, not to mention that the discovery of the world is a fascinating thing, but then you muse...what is truth? Everyone else has a definition of what is true. There are ways to separate things...the credible from the hoax and so on.

Media today will give you all kinds of things that you may want and that you may not want on any topic you wish. For instance I Googled "Family Trends" the other day to find out what the source of "all knowledge" had to offer on the subject. :) It was fascinating that pages and pages of info we had included both reliable and unreliable sources with every other degree of reliable in-between. The presence of all this knowlege, including books, articles, television series, comercials, celebrity opinions... equals....*brain implosion*!

What does one believe?

You cannot always separate pure information completely, but there are things you can learn to help you sift information and not be deceived. Finding knowledge on the family is especially controversial. Here are some of the ways to be smart information consumers that we have discussed in class and from articles.

*Read everything with an open mind, realizing that it is almost imposible for people to not be bias, even when they are trying to be fair.

*Realize that you as a learner have your own bias, and be willing to consider the other side of things.

*Interpretations of Statistics can be skewed by the people interpreting. (ie: I am taking 2 family courses this semester with differing text books. One is a little more conservative, and the other more liberal in how they portray the same basic topics on the family. Even in both books' introductions, the same family trends are represented differently with different statistics, including a huge differential in trend directions. (*Marriage and Family: The Quest for Intimacy by- Lauer & Lauer; vs. Families and Their Social Worlds by- Seccombe ))

*Don't trust opinions that seem to be truth but are not cited, or statements like "Studies Have Shown", without proof of the study. 

*One of the best ways to do research on topics, especially controversial ones, is research a meta-analysis. It combines the results of several studies that address a set of related research hypotheses.

*Always question the source of the data in the reading. If you can, look up the source and evaluate whether the data that came from it is worth your time. Some of the things to look for on the website are: ready contact information, professional design, endings of web addresses in .edu, .gov will be more reliable 9 times out of 10. My husband, who is certified in Computer Security warns to be wary, because if people have an agenda to decieve you, they could create websites with those liegitimate internet extensions. 

*Consume information wisely, warily and with your eyes open. :)


There was a lot of information and I could include much more. Let me know if there are more questions.

I hope you will find these discussion topics on learning that I have gained from my classes helpful in your search for knowledge. One thing I am bias about is the benefit of smart learning! And that is one bias that is acceptable. : D

Sources:
Bednar, David A., “Learning to Love Learning”
McCullough, David, “The Love of Learning: Address to the Graduates”
The Fundamentals of a Statistics Class- Take a course, it opened my eyes!
Moritz, Harold J., “Drinking Hemlock and Other Nutritional Matters”




Sep 15, 2011

This is the first test! 
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Lately I have been pondering on probably one of the most deep subjects on the structure of the family. It leaves me in awe every time I think about it, yet it is so clear and beautiful and lets me know who I am and exactly what I need to do with my life. It is something I have been taught since I have been a little child, but never really owned this truth. 

God is our Father. That means my spirit came from Him. That means everyone is a child of God. That means whenever I do anything contrary to his will or that offends him, I am working against the very nature of my being. I am in a way, being inconsistent with my true self, my innate self, and therefore am making myself unhappy.

In thinking of Families, it is fascinating to note that I am part of an eternal, family and am able to compare the functions of the family with this spiritual connection. 
I am excited to start this class and learn so much more!

We are all his children.