A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. --Robert Anson HeinleinTrue stuff. How's your score?
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A Primer on Natural Resources and the Environment - George Reisman - Mises Daily
The notion that production and economic activity are harmful to the environment rests on the abandonment of man and his life as the source of value in the world, and its replacement by a nonhuman standard of value — i.e., the belief that nature isintrinsically valuable.
Now I have to add this guy's book to my reading list.
Friday, November 5, 2010
According to two long-term studies — one American, one British — there's a correlation between smarts and a thirst for alcohol. The "more intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children,"
Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers? - The Week
I also like the theory proposed by an associate of mine:
When the lion and other predators hunt at the back of the pack, taking down the slow, sick and less-able, the overall quality of the pack improves. In the same way, alcohol's destruction of brain cells increases the overall average intelligence of what's left as it first takes down the slow and stupid ones.
An excellent article about the future of embedded systems (which pretty much means anything nowdays) and android as being the spark that could kick off another decade of western innovation like what happened with PCs in the 80's.
Tipping Points and The Future of Electronics | OdNT - open.neurostechnology.com