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How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”
The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of Salamis, he was locked in a vigorous debate with a Spartan general about potential strategies for defeating the Persians. Themistocles was clearly in the minority with his views (but which ultimately turned out to be right and saved Western Civilization). He continued to interrupt and contradict the other generals. Finally, the Spartan general threatened to strike Themistocles if he didn’t shut up and stop. When I read this, I immediately began a ritual that I have practiced for many years–and that others have done for centuries before me–I marked down the passage and later transferred it to my “commonplace book.” In other posts, we’ve talked about how to read more, which books to read, how to read books above your level and how to write. What is a Commonplace book? Some of the greatest men and women in history have kept these books. Related:  Download books/ imagesDéveloppement Personnel

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These are the most common life mistakes that young people make I quit college and used the money to buy a car. The car was a used Honda Civic. I drove around for a few hours and then I dropped the car back off at the dealership and cancelled the check and went back to college. Two huge mistakes in one day. There’s two types of mistakes: ones that eventually make you a better person. Some mistakes are out of your control. Having them and complaining about them and blaming others and not learning from them is the worst mistake a young person can make. And here are some other mistakes that young people (i.e. me) make: What opinion can you possibly have? War? She/He should treat me better! A friend of mine works at The New Yorker and no longer speaks to me (so maybe she is not my friend). Oh really? “Manure” 4.5 million tons of manure were being dropped on the streets of Manhattan in 1890, EVERY YEAR, by horses carrying people to work. That was the big environmental problem of the day. It doesn’t matter what your opinion about this was. Problem solved.

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17 Of The Most Universally Admirable Qualities People Can Have 1. The ability to be humble in the most earnest sense. People whose accomplishments don’t come precedented by declarative sentiments of why they are deserving and able, but those who have so honestly worked for what they have and in that work have displayed such intimate parts of themselves that there is no other way to feel but human, not superior. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

Hot Dogs And Economics: How Great Teachers Guarantee Learning “When I go to a baseball game, I can eat six, maybe seven hot dogs. I love hot dogs more than anything on Earth.” This is the opening line from Mr. Hourigan, my high school Economics teacher. We’re learning the law of diminishing returns. He goes on to explain how, though his love for brats runs deeper than human understanding, he starts to get tired of them after a while. Admittedly, a strange comparison. The law of diminishing returns, put simply, describes how you can’t achieve endless efficiency in any system. As a 17-year-old student, I didn’t care about construction projects or assembly lines. He compared something I already understood to something I didn’t and, suddenly, I understood it, too. You’re (probably) not an economics teacher. So, it’s critical you understand how to communicate your ideas using schema learning because there is no better tool to not only educate someone quickly but also persuade them to make smart decisions and accept good advice. Let’s play a quick game.

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10 Movies That Will Permanently Change The Way You Think About The World Movies have the remarkable ability to stay with us–not only on our dusty DVD shelves, but in our hearts and minds. Here are a few that tend to stick around: 1. The Truman Show (1998) “We accept the reality with which we’re presented.” But what if that reality is a sham? 2. Before anti-heroes like Tony Soprano and Walter White, we had Travis Bickle. 3. An outrageously satirical, yet equally poignant take on the nature of mass media, that doesn’t seem to have any trouble staying relevant–as one YouTube commenter astutely noted, this essentially “foretold the rise reality and tabloid TV.” 4. How would you act if you had nothing to lose? 5. First time director Ryan Coogler tells the tragic story of Oscar Grant. 6. If I was a commenter on here, I’d be all like “how could you not include The Matrix?” 7. ‘This is the fuckin’ American dream. Say what you want about Spring Breakers, but Harmony Korine and Mr. 8. 9. 10.

Study Hacks - Decoding Patterns of Success - Cal Newport On Sam Harris and Stephen Fry’s Meditation Debate February 19th, 2019 · 44 comments A few weeks ago, on his podcast, Sam Harris interviewed the actor and comedian Stephen Fry. Harris, of course, is a longtime proponent of this practice. What sparked the diversion in the first place is when, early in the conversation, Fry expressed skepticism about meditation. Typically when we find ourselves in a chronic state of ill health it’s because we’ve moved away from something natural that our bodies have evolved to expect.Paleolithic man didn’t need gyms and diets because he naturally exercised and didn’t have access to an overabundance of bad food.Mindfulness mediation, by contrast, doesn’t seem to be replicating something natural that we’ve lost, but is instead itself a relatively contrived and complicated activity. Harris’s response was to compare meditation to reading. I wonder, however, whether Fry should have persisted. Read more » Minimalism Grows… February 8th, 2019 · 31 comments Read more »

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Argosy Medical 75 Books Everyone Must Read, According To David Bowie In tandem with the opening of “David Bowie I,” the most recent David Bowie-themed exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which will run from September 25th to November 27th, curators Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes released a list of David Bowie’s top 100 favorite books of all time. Here, 75 of his 100 favorite books. Tagged Alberto Denti di Pirajno, Anatole Broyard, Angela Carter, Ann Petry, Anthony Burgess, Arthur C.