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Post Reply Is it possible to learn everything using the Internet?
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26 / M / Waterloo, Ontario
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Posted 8/28/15
I believe the majority of things you can learn on the Internet. Most of the stuff they teach you in school you can learn on the Internet. Subjects ranging from sociology, psychology, math, science and etc you can learn on the Internet on your own using Wikipedia and other websites. You can master these subjects without going to school. As long long as you are literate (you can read and write), then you can master these subjects on your own, just by using the Internet.

Any subject that is knowledge-based (like sociology, psychology, math, and science), you can probably master on your own using the Internet.

The subjects that you can't master on your own would be hands-on jobs such as becoming a basketball player, auto-mechanic (how to become a profession car fixer) and etc. In order to become a professional basketball player, you probably need a coach and real world training. There is no way you can become a professional basketball player just from watching videos on Youtube or reading stuff online.

I am just saying the Internet is an amazing tool for self-education. You can learn most things using the Internet, but not everything you can master on the Internet.

I'm not trying to start an argument with anyone. I'm just trying to have a rational discussion.

I really believing going to university is a waste of time if what you learning in university can be learned on the Internet. Only go to university for a subject that can't be learned on your own using the Internet.
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I think it is not about where you learn it. But more about how you learn it. Can you learn how to use Qt in your programming projects by reading a documentation? Sure. Can you learn a language by reading a dictionary? I don't think so. Don't you think it is easier to learn the use of software by watching a video about rather than reading a manual?

Everyone learns differently. You have a prefered method which works for you. But it might not work for everyone else. Because we can gather information through the internet in a lot forms of media we can choose our way. You can watch to a pre-recorded video where someone explains everything to you, you can read it or you can talk to someone and ask questions about a topic.

Studying in through the Internet works through some people but some others don't like it. Some people prefer lectures some like project and more pratical based learning.
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Posted 8/28/15 , edited 8/28/15
Luckily that Internet degree is very useful getting jobs.
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62 / M / Secret Government...
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Posted 8/28/15
It really all depends on what you mean by "everything". When I was in College, I wrote a number of research papers using material from the internet, most of it was accurate, but some of it was so wrong I had to wonder where the authors got their sources from.

So, it is possible to learn a lot from the internet, but that doesn't necessarily mean that what you are learning is 100% correct.
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Posted 8/28/15
When it comes to being social, learning how to keep eye contact when talking, small talk, coming up with answers and questions on the spot, you need real life experience.
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25 / M / Canada
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Posted 8/29/15
Are you still going on about how university is a waste of time. I think the fact you've made two threads on the matter is probably a bigger waste of time, but what do I know?

To answer your question, no. There is a lot of good information on the internet, but as another person noted, there's also a lot of bullshit and misinformation that you need to be able to crossreference and examine. Not only that, you're also going to lack writing and critical thought because you've never had your work examined by a peer or instructor.

Finally there are practical skills that require hands on experience to learn, but this applies more to trades than most university classes. To use my own trade as an example, one might be able to look up what a 2G GTAW Root with a 7018 SMAW fill and cap is and be able to tell me what it is, but knowing what a weld is, is no guarantee you'll be able to do it.

Also instead of making threads about whether uni is a waste or time or not, you should probably either decide if you're staying or get the fuck back to your studies.
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17 / M / Berlin
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Posted 8/29/15
It's like asking "Can you learn everything with books."

Theoritcally yes, but you need to be damn determined and also be a genius.
I guess the average human couldn't learn skydiving without experience,
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Posted 8/29/15
No, cause some things need hands on experience
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Posted 12/4/15
I think so depending on a persons learning technique.
Posted 12/4/15
Can you download life experience?
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27 / M / Minne-snow-ta!
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Posted 12/4/15 , edited 12/4/15
I depends on the subject. I think it's very useful learning how to program using the internet. However, for a job like mine, which is to keep a refinery going, you can't learn everything using the internet because everything changes on the fly and new unseen situations will always arise.
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