Wednesday, June 26, 2024

SearchResearch Challenge (6/26/24): How to find the best learning resources in a crowded field?

I'm not fixated on pyramids, really.  

Pyramid of Giza. P/C Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash

... despite having two weeks of SRS images featuring pyramids.  

But I am focused on the larger SearchResearch question of how to organize your own research.  As you know, the job market is changing rapidly.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that the average tenure in a job (in the US) is 4.1 years.  This means that an essential skill is that of being an autodidact, that is, someone who knows how to educate themselves on a given topic.  We know how fast the technology landscape is changing.  One of the most important skills of the 2000's is going to be how to come up to speed on a topic rapidly...  and accurately, with attention to understanding the breadth of a topic area.  

So for this week, I'm thinking about Ancient Egypt as a topic area.  

Suppose, just suppose, someone in your household gets an interest in learning about ancient Egypt.  It won't take you long to learn that there's an entire scholarly discipline on the subject. 

A quick look at the catalog of the Library of Congress shows more than 10,000 hits on the subject of Egypt.  Even just a simple search of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) gives us 899 hits... on just the headings!

Learning how to understand ancient Egypt and learning the depth and breadth of Egyptology as a field is a big task.  Of course, it leads to a common Research Challenge about how to tackle such a big topic. 

1. How would you organize a plan to learn about Ancient Egypt?  What kinds of searches would you do to get to the heart of a big, well-established topic like this?  What kinds of things should one think about when starting on such a project?  

Please do NOT say, "just ask ChatGPT"--or if you do, then tell us how to validate what the LLMs tell you.  Can you use them for decent self-educational advice?  

Let us know what you think... and how YOU would proceed!  

Keep Searching!  


  1. access internet (see below, links paginated to list)
    limit scope of immense topic - using five.
    1. watch a video
    2. read wikipedia
    3.check schools, pick last on list
    4. attend Yale
    5. use CliffsNotes
    *. have student loans paid for by Egyptians…
    & or U.S. taxpayers
    1 -
    2 -
    3 -
    4 -
    5 -
    * - hooray!!
    --- just saying ---
    plan, unplan, replan
    Keep SeaUrchinning… (sp?)
    "In this study we investigated the phylogenetics of two sea urchin species, Arbacia lixula and Paracentrotus lividus from the Mediterranean Sea. Specimens were collected from the east coast of Alexandria City, Egypt."

    not to beat a deceased pony -
    Toffler: (from earlier, missing - miscognition)
    “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”. (& mislearn, delearn & alearn)
    ""Society needs people who work in hospitals. Society needs all kinds of skills that are not just cognitive; they're emotional, they're affectional. You can't run the society on data and computers alone.""
    "An often misattributed quote, however, is that of psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy: "Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn."

  2. to cap things off - start at the top
    U Penn -

  3. I don't have an idea. Maybe with Ancient Egypt I could work something. I think maybe with key points to search based on the famous stuff and then going to sources like the ones mentioned by Remmij.

    However, I don't know how to start or where. Pyramids, Gods, culture, History? Or maybe there's something that I need to learn I still don't know nothing?

    It'll be interesting to read

  4. search can be a long road sometimes - with occasional surprises, tedium & discoveries…
    (fwiw - still missing a comment from the 5 million post - may be my fault?)
    saw "free-range intersectional researcher/inquisitor"

  5. another rocky conundrum…
    the stacking/balance is hard to explain

  6. [why can't people keep their rocks in their heads]

    inukshuks or cairns…

    somethings else to ponder - closer
    see Stela H
    and so ends June

  7. Mimetoliths

  8. AI-ish bits --
    2029 -
    that state up north -
    "Michigan's logo — is crossed out with a red X, and so the game is referred to as “The GaXe,” and Michigan as “Xichigan” or “TTUN” — The Team Up North."

  9. looks like a long weekend/beach day at Khafre
    a bit wacky, but informative -
    for mathlady: Gaussian Pyramid

  10. Khafre (Chephren) serving a beach ball…
    he couldn't be building his pyramid all the time -
    "Khafre had several wives and he had at least 12 sons and 3 or 4 daughters."

  11. a Seuss-ian pyramid (with friend):

  12. Happy 4th of July to all of you celebrating in the United States

  13. some places/portals to dive into…