We learn then we forget. It might seem to be a waste of precious time subtracted from life. Some time ago I started to write every day two things (yes, only two) I learn every day. One column for thing things that are totally new to me and other column for updates.

What is your method to not forget?

Or should I just do not care about it? It=learning

After all beauty does not need much of knowledge ☺

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    What exactly is your question regarding philosophy? As I read it, this is more of a philosophical question, which cannot be answered objectively and is hence a bad fit for SE.
    – Philip Klöcking
    Apr 12, 2018 at 14:01
  • I am sorry to totally disagree with you. This has answers. We might have 70 years of life. It is a total waste of time if (1) somebody thought about this, (2) she/he has some good contribution for the solution and (3) he/she is willing to share such contribution AND me and others that have the similar questions can not benefit from her/him contributions. ☺ if somebody who uses SE has contributions to give is very welcome.
    – KwanzaKymi
    Apr 15, 2018 at 6:12
  • Your title question is different from the question asked in the body of Q. As formulated, it also seems to be more oriented towards psychology/neurosciences than philosophy.
    – Gnudiff
    Apr 15, 2018 at 7:22
  • Regarding your first point I disagree. Regard your second point it is neutral to me.
    – KwanzaKymi
    Apr 17, 2018 at 11:52

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I feel like you’re inching towards the paradox of learning, a very important problem for especially ancient Philosophy. —You could think of it from a teacher’s perspective:

Some of the students don’t need your help; and the remainder can’t or won’t benefit from it.

So why become a teacher? Indeed this problem cuts to the very possibility of learning anything at all. How could you learn something if don’t already know about it; how would you know where to “look”? This is in a way a bootstrapping problem.

For Plato, the solution has to do with reminiscence; all apparent learning is remembering, owing to a kind of transcendent Memory oriented towards a “past beyond the past”. Hence: you knew all this before birth; what you perceive as learning is only remembering.

  • Thank you for expanding my views with your comment. So, if "learning" is NOT The thing what could it be, please?
    – KwanzaKymi
    Apr 15, 2018 at 6:15
  • For Plato, “it” would be the Memory of the forms’ imprint on your soul...
    – Joseph Weissman
    Apr 18, 2018 at 21:48
  • That is a cool though. Thank you for that. Please, educate me a bit further. How would the "means" such as Memory and Learning [the forms imprinted in the soul] would serve the "objective(s) of life"? Is the objective(s) of life imprinted as well?
    – KwanzaKymi
    Apr 20, 2018 at 1:19
  • For Plato, I think we might be talking about Knowledge or the Good — something like the Sun which illuminates the forms. (But again this circles back to the paradox; how can you teach someone to be good?)
    – Joseph Weissman
    Apr 20, 2018 at 2:37
  • Good point. Thank you. Can a person forget what is good?
    – KwanzaKymi
    Apr 23, 2018 at 7:55

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