A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan continues. If he had lived Marshall would have been 100 on July 21, 2011. Join me in the countdown to his centennial, and an exploration of more of his observations on the way media work in the electric age in which we live.

How fast can you learn?

Marshall McLuhan (August 24, 1964, age 53).  How about a Ph. D. in six weeks?

“A person of good intelligence could acquire a doctorate level of awareness in aspects of various subjects in just six weeks.”

Me (January, 2011, age 58).  How so?

McLuhan explains that to do so you need engage in “intense discussion with top scholars in various fields.”  Stop memorizing things and don’t limit yourself to “written data.” Not a bad strategy.  Maybe you need to go to graduate school?  But then do you have what it takes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXvv5sTqNa4

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

David Thompson, “How to learn economics in a row boat,” Toronto Daily Star, August 24, 1964.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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