Some Thoughts About Genius From Anonymous

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“For every boy with a spark of genius, there are a dozen others with ignition trouble.”

“Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”

“A genius is any man who can adjust the thermostat to please his wife.”

“So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius.”

“A genius is someone who thinks exactly as you do.”

Some Thoughts About Facts From Anonymous

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“An opinion is usually a prejudice with a few unrelated facts.”

“Getting the facts is only half the job; the other half is to use them intelligently.”

“Let’s keep our mouths shut and our pens dry until we know the facts.”

“A sure way to stop a red-hot argument is to lay a few cold facts on it.”

“Facts do not change; feelings do.”

Currently Reading: How We Got To Now By Steven Johnson

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I am really embarrassed that I had not seen that this was going to be on PBS, but I am so glad I am reading this book. I am a little under halfway through, and even though it is a quick read, the process of innovation floors me. I have not taken the time to truly understand what one discovery actually means in the scope of what occurs two centuries later. Philosophical question for each one of us: What have you done today that will have a lasting legacy on something or someone one hundred years from now? That to me is what this book is about!!!

Here is an interview with Steven Johnson that may be of interest to our readers.

Some Books Of Interest: October 11th, 2014

I ran across these recently and thought there may be some of interest:

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The Grapes Of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life     Alex Bellos

This looks very interesting in that it explores various parts of mathematics but not in a numbing sort of way.

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The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death     Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

This book explores the dangers and risks that we take on everyday. I have purchased this and I will report on it in the future.

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Infinitesimal: How A Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped The Modern World     Amir Alexander

The author explores how the Jesuits attempted to control a mathematical theory and the founding of calculus.

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Indonesia Etc: Exploring The Improbable Nation     Elizabeth Pisani

I find Indonesia fascinating for some unknown reason in that with so many islands and seemingly different cultures, the appeal for me to understand it, even though I will most likely never go there, I want to know more about it. The above sentence is probably the most dangling thing I have ever read.

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Malthus: The Life And Legacies Of An Untimely Prophet     Robert J. Mayhew

I am interested in this man for the impact that he has had on our world with his thoughts on population growth and this book attempts to answer the misunderstandings that we have on his theories.

Some Thoughts About Heads From Anonymous

“A stiff neck usually supports an empty head.”

“Why is it we never experience growing pains in the head?”

“A cool head may sometimes keep a man out of trouble, but more often it’s cold feet.”

“It isn’t easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head that is filled with prejudice.”

“It’s unfortunate that swelled heads aren’t painful.”

Thought About Cares From George MacDonald

“It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.”

George MacDonald

Currently Inspectionally Reading: (1)

Since I have so much to read I have finally gotten it in my head to begin inspectionally reading some of the books that are increasing the size of my pile. (almost to the ceiling by my reading chair at this point). I am planning on allowing one hour per book and then deciding if I want to read them analytically. Here they are in no particular order.

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Floating City     Sudhir Venkatesh

I have included a video for your viewing on this book. Like I said I haven’t read it nor have I looked at any reviews.

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Plagues And Peoples    William H. McNeil

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Philosophy Of History     G.W.F. Hegel

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Micromotives And Macrobehavior     Thomas C. Schelling

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Singularity Rising     James D. Miller

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Hope Against Hope     Sarah Carr

I am attempting to read books that cover a wide range of subjects such as education, technology, history and cities. I will be writing short reviews on these as I finish them. If any of readers have read these, I would appreciate any comments or thoughts on each one of these.