Ruminating as a style of learning

I learn things like a goat eats grass.

The goat vigorously pulls on the grass, chews it for all of a few seconds, eats it, and throws it back up.

It then eats it again, let’s it ferment for a while in its gut, and, assuming everything is working properly, it comes out the other end.

This is the ruminant style of learning.

This style of learning can be contrasted with the more common monogastric style of learning.

A good example would be a mouse eating grain.

The mouse methodically enters the larder, consumes grain, and deposits its fruits on the way out, and again on the way back in.

Slowly, methodically, the mouse consumes the mountain of grain.

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