courses | self-directed education | Education & personal Growth

Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) is self-directed learning that is related to but different from informal learning. In a sense, autodidacticism is "learning on your own" or "by yourself", and an autodidact is a self-teacher. Autodidacticism is a contemplative, absorptive procession. Some autodidacts spend a great deal of time reviewing the resources of libraries and educational websites. One may become an autodidact at nearly any point in one's life. While some may have been informed in a conventional manner in a particular field, they may choose to inform themselves in other, often unrelated areas. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts. If you wish to add some links or articles to the curriculum (or if you wish to dispute my categorization) please email

29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight
Alan Watts: Praise and Blame
Joseph Chilton Pearce on David Bohm
Alan Moore Magick Art and Shamanism
Terence McKenna vs. Matt Watkins
Soren Kierkegaard | Compilation by David Quinn
Peter Russel | The Primacy of Consciousness
The Absolute | Truth, Thinking, Philosophy, Genius
The Horror of Jesus | Compilation by David Quinn
Infinite Potential | The Life & Times of David Bohm
Timothy Leary | 8 Circuit Model of Consciousness

Phase 1 | magical & animistic

mystical spirits, signs, powerful elders, our people vs. them, custom & tradition, signs of the shaman, paternalistic teachers, passive learners, oral history stories, old country ways, focus on subsistence, guards magic places, full of spirit beings, strict role relations

Actors and Pretentiousness (from Joe Rogan Experience)
Actual Sanity | by James Quirk
George Carlin | Child Worship
Atheist Evolutionary Tree
George Carlin | The Male Disease
Chris Farley | Tragic Side
Joe Rogan Schools Canadian Socialist
George Carlin | Men & Women
George Carlin | Self Esteem
Dave Chapelle | Psychology
Bill Maher on "making women nod"
Chris Rock | Man, Woman and Love
C. K. Louis | Raising Boys & Girls
Bill Maher on Feminism
Biggest liars, men or women? | Chris Rock

Phase 2 | impulsive & egocentric

raw power displays, immediate pleasure, unrestrained by guilt, colorful and creative, tough one dictates, what gets respect, what feels good now, rewards for learning, tough love tactics, gang-like battles, builds us vs. them walls, tests of worthiness, struggles with the system, winners and dead losers, attention seeking

John Wooden | Principles for Success
Beware of the Pretenders
10 Principles to Live By in Fiercely Complex Times
I did not Love my Wife when I married Her
John Wooden | Quotes
Osho 10 Comandments
Nietzche's 10 Comandments
Bill Gates | 11 Rules to Live By 10 Principles for Being Human
Abraham Lincoln: Leadership Lessons
Gandhi's Principles of Satyagraha
Martin Luther King Jr, Principles
Fantasy vs. Reality: Opportunism is Not a Plan!

Phase 3 | purposeful & authoritarian

only one right way, pupose in causes, guilt in consequences, sacrifice for honour, orders from authority, do right, obey rules, adhere to tradition, righteous earn reward, truth from authority, punishment for errors, respect for parents, codes of conduct, tidy and neat, law abiding

Scientific American | Cross-Check w/ John Horgan
Rupert Sheldrake | Predator vs. Prey
Lesson learned from 87,000 Brain Scans | Dr. Daniel Amen
David Bohm | Implicate and Explicate Order
Theory of Positive Disintegration | Personality Development
Sam Harris | Free Will
Sam Harris | Drugs & the Meaning of Life
Self Esteem doesn't Make Better People of Us
Ray Kurzweil | Accelerating Intelligence
Paradise Engineering
Dr. O. S. Reddy & UG Krishnamurti
Extreme Modesty: The Case of the Disappearing Self
How to Ruin Your Life: Devalue more than you Value
Dr. Kaku on "What lies behind the victory of Donald Trump?"

Phase 4 | achievist & scientific

competes for success, goal oriented drive, change to progress, material gain/perks, bottom-line results, test options for best, consult experts, experiments to win, how to win niches, displays affluence, buys into society, security for the elite, wants to prosper now, competition always, seeks material things

The Findhorn Foundation: Myth and Reality
My Dinner With Andre: Findhorn
Fellowship for Intentional Communities
Twin Oaks Community
Alain De Botton: Secular Atheism 2.0
Beware of the Green Meme
The problem of expectations when joining an intentional community
Dali Lama: Spirituality of Kindness
Seeing Nature as Metaphor
Primitivism: with John Zerzan
My Dinner with Andre (1981) - Epic!

Phase 5 | communiatarian & egalitarian

Seeks inner peace, everybody is equal, everything is relative, harmony within the group, reach consensus, all must collaborate, accept any input, community gets rewards, explore feelings, shared experiences, social development, learn cooperation, needs acceptance, sacrifice feels good, thrives on belonging

Jordan Peterson | I Act as if God Exists
Robert Greene | Mastery
Kevin Solway | Poison for the Heart
The Teachings of Diogenes
Kelly Jones | Natural Thinker
Men of the Infinite
Otto Weininger | Sex and Character
Friedrich Nietzche | Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The Key to Transforming Yourself | Robert Greene Jordan Peterson on Why Companies Collapse

Phase 6 | integrative & autonomous

Big picture views, integrative structures, naturalness of chaos, inevitability of change, highly principled, knowledge centered, resolved paradoxes, competent get spoils, becomes self-directed, whole-day package, tuned to interests, non-rigid structure, shifting roles, expects competence, takes each as is, information base, does more with less, appropriate technologies, power is dispersed, integrated systems, life is learning, intrigued by process, freedom to just be, rarely fearful

Rupert Sheldrake on anatheism
Imagining the Future: A 10-Year Plan for Neuroscience
Peter Breggin | the source of imbalance
Hypocrisy by David Godman
Krishnamurti | Thought, the root
traducement by David Godman
The Tao Te Ching
J. Krishnamurti and David Bohm
J. Krishnamurti on Love
The Gospel of Buddha | compilation by Paul Carus
The Teachings of Huang Po
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Phase 7 | holistic & collective individualism

Scans the Macro, Synergy of all life, safe, orderly world, restore harmony, blend natural flows, look up / downstream, plan for long range, life gets spoils, access to world blends, feeings and technology, bring past to life, maximize the brain, global awareness, grows consciousness, seeks outreach, interconnected, highly diversified, not isolationist, information rich, belong to the universe, fit into chain of being do something here, at one with the life force.

"There always seems to be a ladder before you, something for which you are reaching all the time. Then, suddenly when we are about forty or forty-five years old in the middle of your life you wake up one day and say .... Huh? I've arrived, and I feel pretty much the same as I've always felt, in fact, I'm not so sure that I don't feel a little bit cheated. Because you see… you were fooled, you were always living for somewhere where you aren't. And while as I said it is of tremendous use for us to be able look ahead in this way and to plan. There is no use planning for a future which when you get to it and it becomes a present, you won't be there... you'll be living in some other future which hasn't yet arrived. And so in this way one is never able actually to inherit and enjoy the fruits of ones actions. You can't live at all… unless you can live fully, now." - Alan Watts

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