Most likely the most powerful tool to gain knowledge is reading. The following two quotes explain to understand greatly how does reading helps you gain knowledge.
“Reading is important because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” –
“Reading brings knowledge and knowledge is power; therefore reading is power. The power to know and learn and understand . . . but also the power to dream. Stories inspire us to reach high, love deep, change the world, and be more than we ever thought we could. Every book allows us to dream a new dream.” –
We don’t just acquire knowledge by reading. We can acquire wisdom and intelligence that expands our imagination power. If you can gain more advanced imagination power, the more creative you would be and the more successful you will be in life.
What is Knowledge?
Although there is a wide range of explanations for Knowledge can refer to facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Knowledge can be implicit, for example, practical skill or expertise like writing skills, communication skills, or explicit such as the theoretical understanding of a subject in a formal or informal way; in a systematic or particular method.
Justified True Belief is also accepted as a definition of knowledge.
How Does Reading Help You Gain Knowledge?
Every time you read, you know about different facts. You get information. You do understand the subject. And to know about these facts and to get information is to gain knowledge which is happening through reading.
Suppose you are reading the book The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama.
Now the question is what knowledge you will gain by reading the book and how it will be acquired.
When you read the book you know about the various facts and information described in this book. For instance, Republicans and Democrats, Values, and Politics. As you read the book, you will be able to understand its various phenomena. Your knowledge of the language skills will increase as you realize the facts described in the book.
So reading is giving you information. Reading is informing you about various events and phenomena. I think you are increasing knowledge and gaining knowledge by reading The Audacity of Hope if you read.
In fact, reading has many incredible benefits and there are many reasons why we should develop a reading habit.
Besides reading helping you acquire knowledge, keeps your brain active and engaged, helps reduce stress, and expands your vocabulary.
Suppose you are reading a book about being a good writer, for example, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by
So how did you gain skills in writing in this context? You gained skills by reading the book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life or some other books or articles. So by reading books you gain skills as knowledge.
Assuming you are a physics student need to understand the Theory of Relativity. You have heard lectures on it from your teacher but can you make sense the whole idea about not reading the Theory of Relativity book? I think you should read the book Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein.
How to Gain Knowledge by Reading Books?
We have been clear for so long that we gain knowledge by reading books. We can use some effective methods to gain accurate and expected knowledge by reading books.
When we read books, we will read the book with full attention and understand exactly what the author means. If you don’t understand a part or line of a book, read that part again.
You can use highlighters to keep in mind very important words and ideas. You can discuss any important ideas with friends.
If you read a book about nationalism, share the idea of nationalism with your friend, then the idea of nationalism will last in you and only then you gain knowledge about nationalism.
You can keep a diary with you while reading a book. Keep notes in your own language of the key ideas and technical term in the book that you think is crucial.
You can make a book reading schedule, read regularly, and read some books a second time if you feel the need.
By following all these things, if you read books, you will surely gain maximum knowledge by reading books.
Book Reading & Knowledge
Can books really open your mind, expand your knowledge, and transform the way you live?
Nothing else can expand your knowledge as much as book reading can do. I can not say for sure whether reading a book how much will expand your knowledge as much as reading anything else.
Books have expanded my knowledge in a great deal and opened my mind. Indeed books show me to solve hard problems in life and uncover new interests. They have helped me excel in life and career. Above all else, books have brought me closer to a meaningful and effective way of leading life.
The more we read books, the more we develop ourselves in the light of knowledge. The light of knowledge increases the power of our mind and expands its scope. Reading broadens our imagination by stimulating the right side of our brain. It literally opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas helping us experience and analyzes the world through others’ lives.
So all the great and wise men of the world always read and encouraged reading books because by reading we find new horizons of life. We know ourselves deeply, we understand the world in the real context, we find meaning in life just by reading books. If you can enjoy reading books and turn them into a habit then your perception of life may change.