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Learning, or Self-Designing Software?

If our brains are our biological hardware, then learning could be understood as a way of acquiring new software. This ability to learn is an essential component of what makes us human. We can choose to update our hardware with the software of our choice. Want to learn something? Seek that information out, synthesize an understanding of it, and rewrite a new software module for your brain.

We all have the ability to design who we are. Think about that for a moment. Yes, intelligence manifests itself differently in each individual, but we are all capable of this, to a greater or lesser degree.

And here’s a very important point – there are many, many things in life that we have no control over. But learning is not one of them. You can choose what you want to learn, and once you have internalized it, no one can ever take it away from you.

So who do you want to be?