Lesson #2 For the LewCrew
Many ask how I access so much information across so many disciplines and fields of exploration. My research, sourcing and process has been developing over forty years.
As this will be helpful to your own inner exploration and for the purpose of expanding your own range of knowledge, information & influence, I give you here an example of how I do this.
My Method Of Gathering & Compiling Accurate Information
In recent years the process has unfolded in the following way.
- I put a concept into the subject line of any number of internet based search engines. For esoteric or obscure subjects I often go to specialized search engines or off line sources including general knowledge English-language encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Often my entry into and initial exploration of a subject takes place on Wikipedia, a free on-line encyclopedia. Wikipedia at times, being a collaborative information vehicle consisting of a diverse pool of contributors (some biased towards a certain person or subject) has been known to mis-state facts or offer inaccurate information. Because of this I seldom use information directly from Wikipedia but use it as a starting point to explore the specific information in greater depth.
- At this point I usually check quotes or facts in Wikipedia pages for accuracy against at least three sources other than the original – meaning that the information in these sources is not drawn from Wikipedia or other on-line dictionaries or encyclopedias.
When I do use Wikipedia’s text materials in my own books/articles/web sites or other publications, I always comply with one of the licenses that Wikipedia’s uses to protect intellectual property under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (CC-BY-SA); unless otherwise indicated. I may also use the under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; and the CC-BY-SA license as presented by Wikipedia.
Occasionally I will by provide a conspicuous direct link back to the source of an article or to a Wikipedia article usually by stating “This chapter uses material from the Wikipedia article “URL for the Wikipedia page placed here“ or “This chapter uses material originally presented in article “URL for the article placed here “.
You can apply the very same strategy. Wikipedia is your friend. It’s a doorway to your discovery.
All of my work and the philosophy of the Wisdom Path is dedicated & focused on serving others to have a more love-filled struggle-free life. I combine what I already know and latch it on to what I need to learn. It is a simple process but not one suited for the sloppy or lazy thinker.
So, get ready for an intellectual roller coaster ride, a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, an existential hug, a slap in the face, some ice water over your head, an assault on what you thought was true but isn’t and a transformation into a new way of living your life.
You have in your hands one the most powerful tools ever created: a smart device.
In your head, you have something far greater & smarter: your brain.
You have unprecedented access to almost unlimited resources: free information, an instantly searchable library, a broadcast media device, a camera, artistic tools, schools & teachers through whom you can learn to do almost anything via free online tutorials, a variety of communication tools to REACH OUT & CONNECT with other like-minded people with whom you can share, collaborate and co-operate ALL OVER THE WORLD; free or low-cost Apps to power all of it. When this is accepted and these tools are leveraged & utilized towards your specific vision, there are no boundaries to what you can be achieved.
YOU are limitless
Thanks for being part of our community, contributing, sharing, reading the emails & watching the “scopes”. I celebrate you and that you are taking the steps towards giving up an unnecessary struggle.