Learning from Nature, not Books

Recently someone has posted on Facebook, “you can learn more from nature than you ever can in a book”.

This claim is made by people who don’t want to bother with learning books, studying or putting the hard work in. They just want to wander outside for an hour or so a week and say “they’re learning from nature”.

There are some books that I have only learnt one or two things from and I would say that you can learn more from nature than reading them, but those are bad books. A good book, like J.A. MacCulloch’s Celtic Religion (available free on Sacred Texts website) has, in a few hours, taught me just as much as I’ve learnt from being outside with nature for many hours.

Go out and learn from nature, but don’t let this stop you from learning from books. Both of them have value and you can learn things from one that you can’t from the other.


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