Dragaerans and learning (was re: the honing of Vlad)

Sat Feb 4 17:21:56 PST 2006

On Sat, 4 Feb 2006, Davdi Silverrock wrote:

> On 1/31/06, Jon_Lincicum wrote:
> >
> > Of course, one might well ask (and I have) why it takes Dragaerans so long
> > to study things? I can only conclude that the same factors that give
> > Dragaerans a long lifespan also result in them being very slow learners,
> > at least by our standards. (How old was Savn? 80? 90? And he still needed
> > his hand held to perform basic medicine, after studying it for decades?)
> >
> This is something I've been pondering for a while

This is something I pondered yesterday for a few seconds.  I was in a
library, the kind of place I've been avoiding since college so I can get
_something_ accomplished.  Requiring a book, I went in and, passing the
math section, had to suppress the urge to pick out a text and spend the
next weeks or months learning about Applications of C*-algebras to
Exceptional Holonomy Kaluza-Klein Manifolds or whatever, not including
the weeks or months needed to acquire the necessary base knowledge.  As
I didn't pull out the books I didn't need, I was acutely aware that if I
didn't expect to grow old in several decades the situation would be

Someone remind me if we know how long it has been since Savn went out to
the forest with a bucket?  And how long it takes say to become a medicine
man in Native American traditions?