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    Not every thing that is learned is contained in books. essay

    “Not every thing that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?
    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience

    For some centuries humanity has used books to document its growing knowledge. Some people prefer learning from books while others are convinced first-hand experience provides a better learning experience. In my opinion books can not fully replace experience but can enhance, facilitate and speed up the process of gaining knowledge in some field.

    Undoubtedly first-hand experience is useful to learn about a field but can be time consuming or only available at certain times or places. For example to study the history of the pyramids most people would have to travel far. On the other hand books are comparatively chap, easily available and can be used anywhere. Without books and only personal experience the number of people having access to knowledge would be seriously limited in some fields.

    Secondly, experience is limited to our own and that of people we known. However, books allow us expand the depth of our knowledge by sharing other people’s experiences. Usually they are written by subject experts and comparing our personal experience to the author’s experiences allows gives us a broader view of the field.

    Furthermore, some fields are difficult to experience in person or bar beginners for safety reasons. Space exploration fascinated many people but only very few people went into space so far. Another example is surgery; beginners need to gain some knowledge prior to practicing.

    From this description it is obvious that in many areas books are an excellent complement for our personal experience. I therefore expect the their usage, whether in printed or digital form, to increase in the future.
    Last edited by katisss; 15-Apr-2012 at 23:45.

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