A topic came up in chat I found interesting with varying opinions . Discussed was knowledge and schooling . I tend to believe that knowledge is more than just memorizing facts and repeating them . I can repeat facts all day . And it means nothing . I think that using those facts combined with independent thinking equals invention and furthering human advancement . As I stated in chat , I know people with College Degrees that perform the basic functions of everyday personal life without help or having to research it . I think that College is very much over hyped . A piece of paper doesn't make you intelligent . What do you get for 4 or more years ? A well paying , cozy job in an office where the most work you get is lifting a phone or typing on the computer ? Sure . But you also get College debt and dead brain cells from the drugs and alcohol of 4 years and lucky if you didn't get an STD . Note : This is merely my opinion , and my opinion means nothing in this world . So if you went to college , please don't get butthurt and defensive about my comments forementioned .