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The wisdom of striped horsesThe Internet otherwise known as the information super highway is a wonderful tool filled with an endless number of resources With the click of a mouse you can travel anywhere in the world You can go anywhere from astronomy to zebras With a powerful search engine you can normally find anything that pops into your head The major fallacy about the Internet is the amount of knowledge that one can obtain It is true that the Internet has an enormous quantity of information but it takes more than information to truly gain knowledge You can teach a child how to find a mathematical answer with a calculator but if the child does not have a firm grasp of what the mathematical concept implied is the information gained is useless The knowledge gained is how to push buttons and make numbers pop up on a screen not a mathematical concept The same is true with the Internet You may be able to download hundreds of megabytes of information off the Internet but the question is have you gained any knowledge from having a whole hard drive filled with papers written by someone else The knowledge one can receive off the Internet is over ratedWhat is knowledge Knowledge according to Websters College Dictionary is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association Then the real question is can you gain knowledge off the Internet Yes but it is seriously limited It is not possible to gain knowledge directly off the Internet you must first obtain information then extrapolate the information into something that fits your needs Suppose you want to bake a fruit cake If you have no idea where to start making a cake you can download some information off the Internet on how to bake a cake from a number of places httpwww aeutexasedu londonhumorWhiskyFruitCakehtml You can then read this information and teach yourself how
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