Tag Archives: humility

Newsflash: You Should Be Happy!!!

Matt Ridley has written an entertaining book: The Rational Optimist, detailing all the ways in which life is great for rich people. (By rich people I mean the fraction of humans who make ≥5 figure salaries in $.) For example Louis … Continue reading

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I might be exaggerating a little if I say things like We’re taught to measure our personal worth against exam scores; We’re taught that there is One Competition and those who win the tournament get the goodies; We’re taught that … Continue reading

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Base Hits > Homeruns

After talking to a number of PhD students, I’ve come to conclude two things. First, that many (especially in “genius disciplines” like maths or physics) are motivated by the goal of being the smartest human who ever lived—“the next Einstein”, … Continue reading

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Topology as a tool for Postmodern Philosophy

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Robin or Ram? The Wrestler (Source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00274EYKY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=hiremebecauim-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00274EYKY)

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Jo Ann Beard on Day Jobs

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Genius

Have you ever noticed that professors never call another professor “a genius”, but regular businessmen (who own a bakery, a winery, a taxicab company, a janitorial supply company, a waste disposal company; welders, machinists, real estate agents, demolitionists) will regularly … Continue reading

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