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Topic 4 Are books more important than experience?
Nowadays, most people appreciate learning at school, where a number of books are the source of knowledge. However, from my point of view, learning from experience is much more important than learning from books since our real lives concern more about knowledge from experience than knowledge from books.
Firstly, knowledge obtained from books is more abstract. As we enthusiastically study (с энтузиазмом изучать) in classroom, we have learned several mathematic equations, or a number of science theories. Of course, they all are necessary for some professional occupations, such as scientist, engineer, and doctor, but not for all careers.
In addition, knowledge from books is rather logical and exact. The result of a matter is always follow-concerned theories. For example, a person who has learned science can know how long that an apple falls to the ground takes. Certainly, the answer can be obtained by using Newton's formula.
Nevertheless (впрочем), I think that the most significant lessons cannot be taught; they have to be experienced. No one can teach us how we can get along with others well when we have to change to a new society. Books cannot teach us how to adjust (приспособить) behavior to satisfy others, and think optimistically when we confront a trouble.
In contrast to books (В отличие от книг), knowledge from experience is adjustable (приспособляемый); it does not depend on any theory or equation. A solution from experience is always depending on the situation and other factors influencing the problem. This is because living experience is so fine and complex that cannot be determined by theories or equations.
In conclusion, although both books and experience can give us a variety of knowledge, in my view, the knowledge from experience is more important. The reason is that in everyday life we must face with a lot of situations, either extremely (либо чрезвычайно) hard or easy to cope with, that cannot be handle by just knowledge from books.