Learn something new everyday

 每天都有新鲜!

译者注:此文提出,网络时代我们应当通过网络学习更多的东西,即使这些东西不是我们日常工作所需要的。

Most of us have one or two areas of knowledge that we strive to know very well — things related to our jobs, of course, and maybe a hobby or two. But while it’s important to develop a deep understanding of the things that matter most to us, it is just as important to develop a broad understanding of the world in general.

可惜很多人认为为了学习而学习是在校学生,或许还包括大学生的事情。那些不会对生活产生立即影响的所有事情,都是被他们排除在真实世界之外的可以忽略的琐事。他们认为,有很多重要的工作需要去完成,根本没有时间放在这些无聊的琐事上。

A lot of unfortunate people think that learning for the sake of learning is something for schoolchildren, and maybe college students. All the things there are to learn and know that don’t impact directly on their immediate lives they dismiss as “trivia”. Out in the “real world”, they think, there’s no time for such frivolities — there’s serious work to get done!

我们大多数人都是在一或两个与自己的工作相关的知识领域内,力求做到非常的出色。当然,也许还包括一两项业余爱好。但是,对事关大众的一些事情形成一种深刻的理解也非常重要;就如同我们要对世界有一个广泛的了解一样重要。

There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality — we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile. If that idealistic musing’s not enough, here’s some more down-to-earth benefits:

很多很好的,实用的原因让我们每天去学习一些新的事物,但是最好的原因却与实用性无关–我们作为人,终生学习的习惯让我们成为人类并使得我们生活有意义。如果这种理想主义的思考不足以让我们愿意每天学些新东西,这里还有许多实际的好处:

  • Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
  • 我们每天都在比较狭窄的专业领域内,多学科宽泛的学习能够提供所角度的思考。
  • Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
  • 学习有助于我们更容易欣然的适应新环境,新情况。
  • A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
  • 拥有广博的知识,利于激发灵感而创造性地思考问题和提供可以追求的问题,从而产生创新。
  • Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
  • 学习塑造我们的性格,鼓舞我们关注我们身边的人和事。
  • Learning makes us more confident.
  • 学习使我们更自信。
  • Learning instills an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
  • 学习能够使我们慢慢对历史,社会和自然界的演进有一个了解,这对我们的生活都有影响。
  • And, like I said, there’s the whole “making like worth living” thing.
  • 还有,如我所说,这是“令生活值得一过”的事情。

There is, after all, a reason the term “well-read” is a compliment.

毕竟,博学是个赞扬的词语。

With the entire world of knowledge just a few mouse-clicks away, it has never been easier than it is right now to learn something new and unexpected every day. Here are a few simple ways to make expanding your horizons a part of your daily routine:

每天学习和知晓新鲜事物,从没有像今天这样容易,只需要轻点鼠标就可以知道整个世界的事情。这有几个简单的方式就可以在你的日常事务中扩展你的视野:

  • Subscribe to Wikipedia’s “Featured Article” list. Every day, Wikipedia posts an article selected from its vast repository of entries to it’s Daily-article-l subscribers. If you were a subscriber today, you would have recently discovered that Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by William Willett in 1907 and adopted during World War I as a way to conserve coal. You might have also been interested to find out that Kazakhstan discontinued Daylight Saving Time in 2005 because of alleged health risks associated with changed sleep patterns.
  • 订阅维基百科“焦点文章”。每天维基百科从他的海量知识储备库中挑选出一篇文章,寄给他的每日文章订阅者。如果你是一个订阅者,那么你在最近应该知道夏令时于1907年由William Willett提出,在一战期间为了节省煤而被采用。你或许也发现哈萨克人在2005年废止了夏令时,原因是所谓的改变睡觉时间产生健康风险。
  • Read The Free Dictionary’s homepage or subscribe to its feeds. The Free Dictionary has several daily features on its front page, including Article of the Day (RSS), In the News (RSS), This Day in History (RSS), and Today’s Birthday (RSS). One recent day’s stories told the history of the Hell’s Angels, the identity of the new “7 Wonders of the World”, the origin of the first cultured pearl, and the life story of one of the world’s most prominent tenors.
  • Subscribe to the feed at Your Daily Art (RSS). Every day you’ll be confronted with a classic work of art to contemplate, along with a few notes about the piece. If you were subscribed right now, you might have recently seen Man Ray’s intriguing and playful “Le Violin d’Ingres” and Frank Weston Benson’s luminous “Red and Gold”.
  • Subscribe to the feeds at Did You Know? and Tell Me Why?. These sites are both run by an R. Edmondson, who certainly knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff. Updates are slightly less than daily, but I like the two sites so much I couldn’t leave them off this list. If you were a subscriber to these sites, you’d have recently learned why clouds are white, what the European Union is, the French terms for the days of the week and the months of the year, and the history of the development of public health efforts in response to the hazards of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Listen to podcasts like In Our Time and Radio Open Source. Radio Open Source is a daily interview/panel show covering everything from politics to science to art and literature to the greatness of the movie Groundhog Day. (At the moment, Radio Open Source is on summer hiatus, but subscribe anyway — they’ll be back!) For a history of the events and ideas that shaped the present, In Our Time is ideal: a weekly gathering of scholars discussing subjects as diverse as the life of Joan of Arc, theories of gravity, and what we know about the Permian-Triassic boundary. Subscribe to a handful of good, literary podcasts and get smart while you drive!

Check the directory at Elite Skills for more sources: there are college course podcasts, online documentaries, foreign language lessons, and more — all free. Believe it or not, your head will expand to fit whatever you try to stuff into it!

原文链接:http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/learn-something-new-every-day.html

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