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A self-taught person.
[From Greek autodidaktos,
self-taught : auto-, auto- + didaktos, taught. See DIDACTIC.]
An autodidact is a self-taught
person. Throughout history, individuals have sought to master subjects
from outside the mainstream of conventional education. Many of these
have been self-deluding dilettantes, akin to the autodidact of Jean
Paul Sartre's Nausea. However, some have mastered their disciplines and
because of their lack of ordinary formation, have excelled and made
- "The only thing that
with my learning is my education."
- "It is a miracle
survives formal education."
- Albert Einstein
- techno release _Positive Education_
CDs by Slam on Soma Recordings Limited
- positive education (original mix) MP3
- positive education (richie hawtin's
- positive education (luke slater -
morganistic mix 1)
- positive education (luke slater -
morganistic mix 2)
- positive education (derrick carter &
chris nazuka - by all means revamp)
- positive education (chris & derrick
- reversed & reiteradet reconstruction)
- techno track _Education_ MP3 (192k) by Kay D. Smith
- techno release _We Teach Mistakes ep_ 12" by
Tobias Schmidt on Sativae #014
- a1 _The Glue Experiment_
- a2 _Plastic Hip_
- b1 _Machine Puzzle_
- b2 _Hard Feelings_
- techno track _Drop Out_ MP3 (192k) by Mark Hawkins off of _Not Guilty_ 12" on
- sample: "seven years of college down
- 604 track
_Dropout_ MP3 (192k) by Synchro off of _Elektrik_
CD on Liquid Audio Sounds (2001)
- 604 track _Drop Out_ MP3 (192k) by Logic Bomb off of _Electronic High Vol. 2_
compilation CD on Solstice (2001)
- experimental rock tracks _Everyone I Went
To High School With Is Dead_ MP3 & _After School Special_ MP3 by Mr. Bungle off of _Disco Volante_ (1995)
- dream pop release _Reading, Writing &
Arithmetic_ CD by Sundays
- 2. _Here's Where The Story Ends_ MP3
- 8. _I Kicked A Boy_ MP3
- folk rock track _Drop Out!_ MP3 by Pearls Before Swine off of _One Nation
Underground_ 12" on Calibre (1967)
- track _Something I Learned Today_ MP3
(160k) by Husker Du off of _Zen
Arcade_ 12"x2 on SST (1984)
- 604 track _Born In
off of _Gaia
IX_ compilation CD on XIII Bis
you are enrolled in a
full time informal school called life on planet earth. every
or incident is the universal teacher. let me repeat that. every
or incident is the universal teacher. there are no mistakes, only
growth is a process
of experimentation. failures are as much as part of the process
success. the lesson is repeated until it is learned. it is
presented to you in various forms until you learn it. then you
on to the next lesson. you will know you've learned a lesson when
your actions change.
wisdom is practice.
there is no better
here. only there becomes here.
others are only
of you. [...]
your life is up to
life provides the
you do the painting...
you always get what
want ... your subcultures determine what energies, experiences and
you are attracted
therefore the only
goal is to know what you want and to say that you want it...
there is no right or
just do your best...
born in california...
wow...what a rush.
on the outside, you
see the difference. on the inside, you can feel the
feel the difference.
catch you later...
- punk track _Learning How To Smile_ MP3 by Blatz off of _Filth/Blatz Shit Split_ 12" on Lookout!
- punk pop track _I Was A High School
Psychopath_ MP3 by Screeching
Weasel off of _Wiggle_ 12" on Lookout! (1992)
- jazzdance track _Schooled In The Trade
(mixed by Mark Farina)_ MP3 by People
Under The Stairs off of _Mushroom Jazz 3_
MixCD mixed by Mark Farina on Om
- alternative rock track _Dropout_ MP3 (192k) by Urge Overkill off of _Saturation_ 12"
(candy orange vinyl) (1993)
- track _4th Grade Dropout_ MP3 (160k) by Dillinger Escape Plan off of
_Calculating Infinity_ on
- afro beat release _Teacher Don't Teach Me
(8:49/25:49)/Look & Laugh_ (1987) by Fela Kuti
- track _Community College As A Means To
Commit Suicide_ MP3 (192k) by Stuntrock
- spoken word track _Think For Yourself -
Change Your Major_ MP3 (24k) by Timothy Leary
- instrumental psychedelic track _Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out_ MP3 (192k) by Timothy Leary off of _Turn On, Tune In,
Drop Out_ 12" on Mercury (1967)
- glitch track _U Must Learn This Before
That_ MP3 (96k) by Oh No The
Modulator off of _Semi-Formulator_ CD
- post rock release
_No Education=No Future (Fuck The Curfew)_ 7" by Mogwai on Chemikal
- _Xmas Steps_
- _Small Children In
The Background_ MP3 (192k)
- ambient pop
track _Be Rude To Your School_ MP3 (192k) by Plone off of _For Beginner Piano_ on Warp
- track _Staying Home From School_ MP3 (192k) by Kid606 off of _GQ On The EQ++_ CD on Tiger
Beat 6 (2001)
- track _Losing My Religion_ MP3 by Tori Amos off of _Higher Learning_ soundtrack CD (1995)
- jangle pop grunge track _Art School Girl_ MP3 by
Stone Temple Pilots off of _Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift
- electronic post rock track _Steve's Going
To Teach Himself Who's Boss_ MP3 (192k) by Add N To (X) off of _Avant Hard_ on Mute
- synth punk release _Laughing Academy_ 12" by Punishment Of Luxury on Castle (1979)
- 1. _Puppet Life_ MP3 (vK)
- synth punk track _Punk Rock Academy_ MP3 (160k) by Atom & His Package off of _Society Of
People Named Elihu_ CD on Mountain #020 (1997)
- lifts lyrics &
melody from track _Take Me Home Tonight_ MP3 by Eddie Money
- track _Untutored Youth_ MP3 (192k) by The Hives off of _Your Favorite New Band_
- children's novelty track _Mr. T. Teaches
Calculus_ MP3 (64k) by Mr. T.
- crossover thrash track _Set Your Own Pace_
MP3 by Cryptic Slaughter off of _Money Talks_ CD on Restless (1987)
- metallic hardcore
release _Pregnant With The Senior Class_ on Gravity
- post hardcore entity Rival Schools
- ex-members of Gorilla Biscuits &
- release _United By Fate_ (2001)
- _Everything Has Its Point_ MP3 (192k)
- _Travel By Telephone_
- indie rock synthcore release _Complaints From The Beauty Class_
by Winterbrief on Hub City (1999)
- _Art Loft Rebel_
- _Chick Flick_ MP3
- alternative rock track _French Guy_
MP3 (160k) by Rocket
From The Crypt off of _Paint As A Fragrance_ 12" on Headhunter (1991)
- chorus: "school
ain't shit... i read it in a book..."
- track _Drop Out_ MP3 (160k) by Rocket From The Crypt off of _Scream
Dracula Scream_ CD (1995)
- emo rock track _Jealousy_ MP3 (160k) by Kingface off of 12"
- "i thought i learned some
things... but i didn't learn nothing... nothing at all..."
- IDM hip hop track _Educating The Sound
Barrier 2_ MP3 (160k) by Otto Von
Schirach off of _Escalo Frio_ CD on Schematic #020 (2002)
- lo fi indie rock track _Song For Your Big
Day On The Green_ MP3 by Film School off of _I'm
Not Working_ 7" on MeToo! (1999)
- ad - teacher fails student but doesn't know
who he is (mpeg)
- Professor: "Times up. pens down.
bring your exams up to the front then stack them on my desk" (one
student remains in his seat busily scratching a lottery card. he
realizes the exam is over then walks up to the teacher's desk)
Professor: "Sorry, you're too late. you failed."
Student: "Do you know who i am?"
Professor: "I have absolutely no idea."
Student:"good." (student puts his exam in the
middle of the stack of exams, takes the teacher's apple, and walks off)
- spoken word track _Hellburbia_ MP3 (27:10)(25.5megs) by Jello Biafra off of
_Become The Media_
- re: Columbine, child profiling,
medicated children, fascism in pubilc schools, prayers in schools
"I discovered that
teachers could teach me nothing. I refused to waste my time listening. I go to trees and flowers in the
jungle and have them show what I should know, learn what I should
learn." - Lee Scratch Perry
Universities and Colleges
I am not impressed by the
Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best- it's all
take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will
give you an education the way the banks will give you money- provided
can prove to their satisfaction that you don't need it.
Peter De Vries (1910-93),
U.S. author. The narrator (Joe Sandwich), in The Vale of Laughter, pt.
1, ch. 4 (1967).
"Well, these people have
clearly never read Thomas Kuhn's _The Structure of Scientific
Revolution_. The only people who ever advance science forward are the
people who come from the edge, from the
outside, usually amateurs, usually
not institutional. The way scientific advance happens is though
completely irrational bursts of brilliance. Then they create a scenario
of careful research and cross-checked data and slow accumulation. It
doesn't happen like that. People are free to dismiss me, I don't even
necessarily say they're wrong. The ideas need to be judged on their own
merit. If they're saying they can't be true
because I take drugs, that's like saying 'It can't be true because he's
a Jew' or 'It can't be true because he's a homosexual.' These are not
sufficient reasons to dismiss anybody's ideas."
You see, what happened in
the 60's, the first postwar generation came of age that had been given
what was then called a liberal education. When you're given a liberal
you read John Stuart Mill, Rousseau, Voltaire. What this makes you is a
social critic. They said, my god, we're financing our own suicide! We
want tens of millions of 25 year olds asking why we are not following
Stuart Mill's prescription for liberty. They said the universities must
be turned into trade schools. Forget Western philosophy, art, and
Teach these people data entry, management skills, financial skills, and
high tech. And this is what has happened. I think that the idea of
public liberal education was... they realized we'll all hang if we
along this path, and so they stopped it. And now people are given 6.5
of TV a day, the Brady Bunch, all this. Idiot jobs, idiot political
and people are completely diverted by... Michael Jordan's father's
baby so and so who was carried to term by a camel
and a contract which is now being debated...
- Terence McKenna interview in _The Resonance Project_
Magazine issue #3 (1993)
"My education was of the
most ordinary description, consisting of little more than the rudiments
of reading, writing, and arithmetic at a common day school. My
hours out of school were passed at home and in the streets." Michael
Faraday, who had litttle mathematics and no formal schooling beyond the
primary grades, is celebrated as an experimenter who discovered the
induction of electricity.
He was one of the great founders of modern physics. It is
generally acknowledged that Faraday's ignorance of mathematics
contributed to his inspiration, that it compelled him to develop a
simple, nonmathematical concept when he looked for an explanation of
his electrical and magnetic phenomena. Faraday had two qualitieis
that more than made up for his lack of education: fantastic intuition
and independence and originality of mind.
How you can profit from
the school hoax
Richard J. Maybury lists the
six characteristics that an "illiteracy mill" would have to have.
Summarized as follows:
- Curiosity is
must be suppressed. Prohibit
spontaneity and regiment learning so that children are taught things
the system decides, not when they want to learn them.
- Remove children from
world so that they are deprived of role models, and cannot learn by
- Enact child labour
anyone trying to escape from the illiteracy mill has nowhere else to
No apprenticeship system means they won't be able to learn a trade by
- Force children by
thereby making learning a job, a chore, an obligation; definitely not
Supplant curiosity by drudgery. Prison
dulls the mind.
- Coercing the
wipe out the teacher's desire to teach. It creates massive problems of
motivation and discipline. Teachers commonly quit after a few years of
attempting to combine the roles of entertainer and enforcer in an
to get something done.
- Last but not least,
should be forced to pay for the mill no matter what their mill does to
children's minds. And there are no refunds. If a child comes out
of the system with his brain turned to mush, the parents should
be forced to pay, every year for the rest of their lives.
release _Mystery School_
by Ambient Temple Of Imagination (1994)
- _Fire_ MP3
- _Lust_ MP3
- _Magickal Child_ MP3
- _Air (god's Breath
& Seed)_ MP3
- _Liberation Nation_
- _Mystery School_ MP3
- _Light In Extension_ MP3
- _Progress 2013_ MP3
- _Earthquake - Water (Baptism & Rebirth Of Kalifornia)_ MP3
- _Pure Thelema_ MP3
- _Star Flesh Of Nuit_
release _Autoditacker_ by
Mouse On Mars on Too Pure (1997)
- _Sui Shop_
- _Swift Shoeblade_
- _Dark Fix_
- _Tux & Damask_
- _Schnick Schnack
- _Maggots Hell Wigs_
What Paul Kammerer would
call a series, someone like Henry Louis Gates would call "signifyin'" -
it's all about how we play with perception
of events, and this is the link that I make between DJ culture,
techno-science, and the art of everyday creativity in a digital environment. I'm not really concerned
with the "academy" per se - it's one reflection of the illusions of
class structure and hierarchy that have clouded any real progressive
contexts of criticism and that I think have been an absolute bane to
any kind of creativity in American culture for the last decade or so.
When theory gets too in the way of culture, it's dead. Period. No
comma, no colon, no semi-colon... it's the end of the sentence, and
it's time for a new paragraph. Turn the page, close the book, check a
different website, 'cause that's when things get really really boring.
I think that youth culture
reflexively understands this.
Part of my goal was to
the notion of the "critic" as an "authority" who controls narrative,
to create a new role that's alot more concurrent with web culture: you
become the cultural producer and content provider at the same time.
a role consolidation... Especially when you're in a situation where the
pop culture mags are terrible and the art/theory stuff is so out of
with what's going on... it's time
for a new situation. End the mix tape, stop the CD player, press cancel
on that file that was downloading... whatever... I started dj'ing as a
conceptual art project that critiqued alot of the absolutely terrible
I see in American media, and the end result was to create my own
- social sculpture - self as shareware or generative syntax for a
of creativity, or something like that.
- DJ Spooky
To understand human
language, we need to place ourselves within the context of Earth as a
self-organizing reality. The
Earth taught itself how to create the photosynthetic processes, how to bloom forth with the power
of the angiosperms, how to create topsoil; Earth did not learn these
things from Mars or the Andromeda Galaxy. Earth education is
Humans are engaged in the
same dynamic of self-educating reality. So, here we sit, talking,
a further development of the ancient Earth activity of education.
Our situation involves something new - self-reflexion - manifested
but language itself is just a part of a larger teaching process.
We sit, talking, engaged in the education process of the Earth.
- Brian Swimme - _The
Universe Is A Green Dragon
lecture _History Ends In Green
Part 6_ MP3 (56k) -
(56:43)(23.3megs) by Terence
- "there is no
full development of the individual... there is this kind of arrested,
prolonged adolescence... and it's created through institutions...
institutions are a demonic force in human life because they give
permission for us to cease developing and to put our loyalty behind
some weird creed that has been worked out..."
track _How To Operate
Your Brain_ MP3 (28:54) by Timothy
Leary and Genesis P.
- "around 3000
group of human beings in Athens, Greece, developed a new philosophy...
the basic religion of humanity, is called humanism... Socrates said,
aim of human life is to know thyself... create and design your own
out of chaos...
Socrates did not give commandments, Socrates did not impose order,
asked questions... he encouraged to speculate, design, create, interact
their own versions of reality...
Socrates said the way to perform philosophy, in small groups, raising
learning from each other, change, changing your mind, growing together,
linking together... "
- "it has been the
the political, religious, educational authorities, who attempted to
us by giving us order, rules, regulations, in-forming, forming our
with their view of reality... to think for yourself, you must question
authority, and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open
mindedness, chaotic, confused, vulnerability, to inform
"The new age of education is programmed for discovery rather than
instruction. Art as radar environment, radar feedback,
early warning system: the antennae of the
- Marshall McLuhan
- "A ten-year study of school-children
has shown that raising your hand in the classroom actually lowers your
I.Q." - George Carlin
- George Carlin re: school uniforms: ""I
first saw it in old newsreels from the 1930s, and it's hard to
understand, because the narration was in German."
- Strange-but-real college courses: advanced
cereal science, amusement park administration, clay wheel throwing,
fatherhood & soil judging.
- The largest school in the world is a K-12
school in the Phillipines, with an enrollment of 25,000.
- The dunce cap of schoolhouse fame
originates from a paper cone that was placed on the heads of accused
witches during the Middle Ages. When Joan of Arc was martyred, she was
wearing one of them.
- Beck - 9th grade dropout
- Bobby Fischer (Chess
champion) - 11th grade dropout
- Brion Gysin
- spoken word track _Thoughts On Surrealists_ MP3 off of _Recordings 1960-1981_ on Perdition
- Brion talks about art school and how
it was a waste of his time
- Charles Dickens - high school dropout
- David Byrne (Talking Heads) - kicked out
of Rhode Island School of Design after his freshman year
- "for the amount of money you pay art
schools, it just isn't worth it."
Lovecraft - He had a nervous breakdown before graduating high
school (1908). Because of his breakdown he dropped out and failed
to get into college.
- Isaac Newton
- dropped out of school when he was a teenager
- Jack Parsons
- high school dropout
- Jude Law (_eXistenZ_ (vhs/ntsc), _A.I._
(avi) - high school dropout
- Kevin Kelly
- editor of _Wired_ (1998) and author of _Out Of Control_ (1994) - college dropout
- Lance Henrikson (_Aliens_
(vhs/ntsc) (1986), _Near
Dark_ (vhs/ntsc)) was
illiterate until age 30
- Michael Moore
- Orville & Wilbur Wright
- Patrick Stewart (_Excalibur_ (vhs/ntsc), _Star Trek: The Next Generation_, _X-Men_) -
dropped out at 15
- Peter Jackson (directed _The Lord Of The
Rings_ trilogy) - dropped out of school at 17
- Philip K.
- River Phoenix
(_Mosquito Coast_ (vhs/ntsc) , _Running On Empty_) - high school dropout
- Sarah Polley
(_Go_ (vhs/ntsc), _eXistenZ_
(vhs/ntsc)) - dropped
out of high school to become a political activist
- Sean Connery (_Zardoz_ (vhs/ntsc), _Name
Of The Rose_ (vhs/ntsc) , _Highlander_ (vhs/ntsc)) - quit school at 13
Kubrick - graduated high school with a 67 average (1946). He
couldn't get into college because of those low grades.
Wozniak (college dropout) - founder
of Apple Computer
- Steve McQueen (_Papillon_ (vhs/ntsc)) - 9th grade dropout
- Uma Thurman
(_Pulp Fiction_ (vhs/ntsc)) - dropped out at 15
- Yves Tanguy