My cunning mind told me that I could easily fill another blog entry just by replying to comments I received. And what fun is blogging, this modern form of exhibitionism, if I don't interact with its readers? I could keep a journal inside the locked drawer in my desk, instead of broadcasting my writings instantly to the world at large.
Re: Learning and Research, James wrote: "I think... this is just a semantic matter; that is, scientists must indeed love learning, else why would they bother to do the research?"
I would like to draw an analogy to the field of writing. I think most professional writers love reading. But reading is not what they are paid for; writing is. So it's safe to say that SF(Science Fiction) writers read less SF than avid SF fans; they are busy writing!
If one loves reading, more than writing, one would be a critic, an editor, or a reader; but not a writer. If one loves learning science, one would subscribe to Nature, Science, or Scientific American; one would read all popular science books by Carl Sagan or Stephen Hawking; one may enjoy reading science fictions as a hobby; but one would not be a scientist. Scientists do not learn science; scientists do science.
Re: Second person, James wrote: "Where in the world did you learn so much about linguistics?"
In regard to linguistics, I'm mostly an autodidact. There are good books and internet resources you can learn from. I guess the real question is why, not where. Why on earth would one read grammar books as a hobby?
The short answer is that I am a conlanger. It means that I practice conlanging. To conlang is to construct languages. Often, it means to constuct languages as an art form, like novels, paintings, and musical compositions. It means playing with phonology and morphology and syntax and inflection of your own fictional language; devising roots and deriving words for it; constantly tweaking the language to make it beautiful; and wasting lots of time while having great fun. I know that sounds weird. I hope I can elaborate on conlanging in the future.