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Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning – Tom Vanderbilt

Thoughts: Not bad. Beginners discusses why it’s worth developing new skills as an adult, and includes some tips for how to acquire these new skills. Didn’t take that much from it.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering. I read this as an e-book, so page numbers are as they appeared in the app I used, Libby.)

Vanderbilt, Tom. 2021. Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning. Alfred A. Knopf.

Prologue: The Opening Gambit

Chapter One: A Beginner’s Guide to Being a Beginner

Chapter Two: Learning How to Learn

Chapter Three: Unlearning to Sing

Chapter Four: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing, But I’m Doing it Anyway

Chapter Five: Surfing the U-Shaped Wave

Chapter Six: How We Learn to Do Things

Chapter Seven: Meditation with Benefits

Chapter Eight: The Apprentice

Posted: Sep 10, 2023. Last updated: Sep 10, 2023.