Have you ever learned something without taking in information in some form or fashion? Think about it. We take in information to trigger learning.
Taking in information means we are using our senses. The brain works with information that the senses bring in to learn and grow. Whether you are learning to dress yourself, learning to respond when spoken to, or learning academic information in a classroom, your brain synthesizes pieces of information brought in by different senses, processes it, and responds. That's how learning happens. The seemingly random pieces of information brought in through the senses form the background for the skills and behaviors that we develop.
Bottom line? The next time you get excited about something great that you have learned, take a moment to thank your senses. They are working hard every moment to give you the great quality of life you have.