Lateral vision

11
Nov
2007

One of the best things about the web is what an amazing educational tool it can be and how it follows a more natural (to me, anyway) way of learning by appealing to innate curiosities. This form of learning is lateral, not linear, and especially fascinating.

This morning’s web adventure started with an article in the New York Times about The Ulster Defense Association’s disarming, leading me to lookup Northern Ireland in a Wikipedia search. From there, I linked through to articles about common law versus civil law, The Napoleonic Code, codification, lacunae in the law, Chinese Law, tort definition, a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, and finally the history of the French Revolution.

Pretty cool, huh? Then again, I am most probably a dilettante.