Pricing inequities of knowledge

Some things I’m pondering after ordering some good used books inexpensively online.

Like how great is it that for less than $5 I can order a decent copy of “Surely your joking, Mr Feynman!” have it packaged up, shipped from miles away and a few days later be graced with some amazing new knowledge or perspective I didn’t know existed, all for a few dollars.

Likewise, I have been able to learn and do a variety of things I am not qualified to do from (technically) free videos online. These learning experiences are invaluable though.

And despite this massive, quite literally incomprehensible amount of knowledge freely and cheaply available, formal education costs more than ever. Perhaps the most disturbing part is what most people do not learn from their formal education. That, when taught to think differently, to explore the world around them differently, they can learn how to learn, not just remember how to do things.

We have this incredible privilege to learn from the great contrarians who have graced our universe. The likes of Feynman, Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci and so on, those whose thought differently, asked questions and were simply filled with curiosity.