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Re: Thanks to all of you

*is inspired*

First, congratulations. And it's always heartening to see that the DML
has real benefits, both for individuals and for science.

In that spirit, I suppose, I do have the following query. So, if I may
ask - and this is an open question to anyone with a similar experience
- what method or resources did you use in order to, as you say, "Learn
enough that I can read and understand the primary literature?" I'm
very interested to hear how you went about achieving that goal.

I've been aiming to become more comfortably fluent with reading the
common jargon - i.e. reading to readily comprehend the details, not
just skim for the main points or sift through words and word
associations which I technically understand, but need to recall and
contextualize each time, hindering my grasp of the gestalt. My biggest
hurdle traditionally has been that there are no materials suitably
intermediate between quasi-technical lay books and full-on research
articles. (Textbooks certainly don't help in my experience, because
they're written for reviewers, not learners.)

Anyone who knows of such resources, or of a good study method other
than "read a lot," please, post here. (And I do read a lot - I've been
establishing a small PDF database pertaining to my general interests
for some time now. I easily have over a hundred public-access PDFs
there. Just reading them without being able to place them in a
broader, more generalized context has hampered my ability to really
get the most out of them, as has the mediocre picture/concept
association - given my strongly visual learning style.)

Any study suggestions or resource recommendations?