Francis Bacon wrote a new Scientific method, one based on observation and inductive reasoning. He also warned of the four idols: tribe, cave, market place, and theater. I believe Bacon would answer Kurt's question the same way, and he would base his argument with the Idol of the Cave. To Bacon, a man left alone to gather knowledge distorts reality, adding his own misinterpretations to truth. Likewise, today a man can learn as much as he desires on the Internet, but without the proper training (college), he cannot help but distort it. While there are cases of self made geniuses, they are the exceptions, not the rules.
So what I'm trying to say with this post is "Go to college and get the training you need. Don't live in a cave."