How to Cultivate Genius
"Sudden Genius?" emphasizes that the major breakthroughs in the arts and sciences look sudden only in retrospect. Years of preparation paved the way to the eureka moment.
New book "Sudden Genius?" emphasizes that the major breakthroughs in the arts and sciences look sudden only in retrospect. "(Author Andrew) Robinson agrees with psychologists who have noted that at least 10 years of work in the field seem necessary before grand breakthroughs occur. He also makes the important point that although these heroes of art and science knew their stuff, none of them became overspecialized. The best ideas come from versatility as well as focus. That's a central conviction for those of us working for broadly based liberal learning, and it's more important than ever to remember it."
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.
- Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
- Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
- Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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