Below are some interesting links from the week as they relate to arts and culture. Give yourself a dose of Jheri tracks if you haven’t heard it yet.
“Edgar Allan Poe is dead … few will be grieved by it.” Edgar Allen Poe didn’t exactly get the obituary he deserved. Even worse, they called the writer a “little more than a carping grammarian.” Ouch!
Walter Isaacson: The Greatest Genius Of Them All. Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci book is out (Amazon). The author proclaims da Vinci the truest polymath of them all, even amongst Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs because he excelled in a furious curiosity that helped him combine disciplines.
+ Isaacson also offers his two cents on America’s current political environment, using Einstein to illustrate his point: “Einstein wrote to his son that American democracy was like a gyroscope, that just as soon as you feel like it’s going to fall over it has the ability to right itself. I believe that’s the case; I believe that America is looking wobbly at the moment but it has a magical ability to right itself, and it will do so.”
Einstein’s Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million. Out of tip money, Einstein preferred to give his Japanese courier a nugget of wisdom: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” In other words, be a little more tortoise-y and a little less harish; don’t forget to enjoy life’s process.
Boiling Lead And Black Art. The printing press — considered the ‘first internet’ along with human language — was always a slow process, especially when it came to printing mathematics. But it also ensured that what got published was thorough, unlike the surfeit of the internet’s blog posts and tweets. “Slowing down requires better thought technology. It requires a willingness to draft for the sake of drafting. It requires throwing away most of what we think because most of our thoughts don’t deserve to be read by others.”
A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved. We developed consciousness to deal with information overload. “Neurons act like candidates in an election, each one shouting and trying to suppress its fellows.” It sounds like democracy.
thought of the week
“The greatest impediment to creativity is your impatience.”
New track on loop
Digging in the crates
Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
Wells Baum (@bombtune)
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