1. a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher
or formal education; a self-taught person.
While this label certainly applies, it is misleading, because I have had many admirable and accomplished people as my teachers in many things, and some of them within the framework of formal education.
It is because I have been self-directed and compulsively passionate about learning since I was a small child that I have not had most of my education in a traditional way. I still make great use of the many useful and amazing discoveries, theories, research and accomplishments of our academic institutions. My desire to learn more than was offered at any one time has meant that I have often sought to remove the limits placed on learning by a particular theory or curriculum.