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I Education

II Ideas

III Science and Mathematics


I Education

Children and Education

    The Beginning
    Keep the Child in the Man
    Imagination and Youth
    On Children Growing Up in a Worthwhile World
    Youth and Rebellion

Goals of Education

    On Using Education to Save Mankind
    ...Or to Destroy it
    On Education and the Proper Functioning of Government
    ...Or Improper
    On Education and the Improvement of Society
    ...Or It's Downfall
    On Education and the Reduction of Crime
    On Education and the Development of Self
    ...Or Arresting that Development
    On Education and Self-Sufficiency/Competence
    On Realizing One's Potential
    On Using Yourself Correctly
    ...Or Not

On the Value of Schools

    Schools Are Valuable
    Negative Value?
        Schools are Intolerable
        University Degrees/Education are Worthless
        Education and Schooling Are Mutually Exclusive
        Large Scale Education and Mediocrity
    On Efficiency in Education
    On University Faculty
    School and Life
    On Parents and Schools
    On School Politics
    On the Economics of Education

On the Joy of Learning

    ...Or the Lack of It
    On Awakening Curiosity
    ...Or Putting It to Sleep
    On Stimulating the Intellect
    On Mediocrity and Education
    On the Pursuit of Knowledge

On Developing Creativity

Education: Process or Content (or On Producing Learning rather than Learned People)

Education Is the Journey, Not the Destination

    Education Is a Lifelong Journey

Education and Experience

    Experience is the Source of Knowledge, Understanding, Meaning
    Experience is the Source of Judgment, Wisdom
    Education from Experience is Bitter
    Learn from Nature

On Some School Policies

    On Tracking
    On Cooperative Learning

Questions or Answers?

    Questions for Questions
    Questions for Answers
    Answers

On the Virtues of Making Mistakes

    Failure:

        Does Failure Lead to Success?
        More On Failure;
        On Learning from Mistakes;
        More On Mistakes;
        Does Victory Grow from Defeat?
        Does Failure Lead to Goodness?
        Some Failures Are Better than Successes;
        On Having the Freedom to Err.

    Reactions to Failure:

        Risk Failure in order to Achieve;
        Avoiding Risk Is Not a Choice;
        On Taking Foolish Risks;
        On the Importance of Not Quitting;
        On Correcting Mistakes;
`       Experience and Mistakes

The Teacher as Guide or Preserver of the Archetype

Guide
Preserver of the Archetype
On Education as Retrieval of the Archetype

On Teaching

    On What to Teach or Learn

        Teach What They Need to Learn
        Teach Certain Subjects
        Teach to a Varied Audience
        On Spelling

    On the Teacher as

        Role Model
        Artist
        Entertainer
        Learner

    On the Teacher's Influence

On Student Responsibility for Learning

    Students: Good and Bad, Responsible and Irresponsible

On Evaluation and Testing

    Testing as a Source of Stimulation, or Lack Thereof
    Testing and Competition
    Bias in Testing
    Unfortunate Circumstances of Testing
    Evaluation from the Professor

Books

    On the Value of Books

        Communication with Superior Minds in Privacy and for Provocation
        Books Survive as Empires Collapse
        Books Are Good Friends
        Pleasing the Masses

    Where to Find Books

        Libraries
        Personal Libraries
        Bookstores
        Buying and Selling Books
        Lending Books

    On Great Books

        Classics
        The Great Book for You Is the Book You Are Ready for
        Great Books and Stimulating Thoughts

    On Not Such Great Books

        ...and their readers
        ...and education
        ....and their size

    On How to Treat Books

        Censorship...

            Censorship In General
            Political Censorship
            Censorship of Immoral Books

        Mistreating Books

    Industry

        On Publishing and Publishers, Editors, ...
        On Books and Technology

    On Reading

        Why Read?

                to disover oneself
                to discover knowledge
                for pleasure

        The Reader ... must be as good as the writer
        The Non-Reader
        On Required Reading

    On Writing for a Living

        Why Write?

            on writing and childbirth
            on being understood
            on being the hero of the story
            on being annoying
            on being

        Words
        Difficulty Writing
        Plagiarism: The Appearance of Originality
        Writers: Pride in the Profession?
        Writers On Tour, Earning a Living
        Too Many Books

    On How to Write

        rules
        structure
        grammar
        subject
        miscellaneous

    On Criticism and Critics

        Criticism can be useful!
        Critics, Ugh!
        On the Effect of Critics on Writers
        Some Candid Advics to Critics

    Journalism

        TV Journalism

    Not Very Serious Rules of Writing

        Rules for Writing Wicked Good Papers
        Grammar Rules for the Unenlightened; or, How to Write Good
        How to Write Good

    On the English Language
    On the Bible
    On Poetry

    Quotations on Quotations

        Quotations Are a Good Thing

            quotations and wisdom, truth
            on being quoted
            the endurance of quotations
            books, collections of quotations
            quotations and language
            quotations and self

        Quotations Are Not a Good Thing

            quotations and ignorance
            quotations and imitation
            misquoting

    Some Humor About Writing

Fish, Fishing, and Education (mostly)

    Fish: The basic concept: (Process over Content)
    Level 1 variations (fishing and other areas of study)

        Religion
        Economics
        Government
        Art
        Mathematics

    Fishing and the Social Life

        Fishing and Lying
        Fishing and Sponging
        Fishing and Drinking
        Fishermen and Women
        Fishing and Social Values

    Level 2 variations: Other Fish Analogies

        On Rising Early
        On Being Prepared
        On Individuality
        On Being a Good Listener
        On Criticsim
        On the Relative Intelligence of Men and Dolphins

    Fishing and Research

        On Imagination and Enthusiasm
        On Cause and Effect
        On Relativity
        On Knowledge
        On Truth
        Survival Through Learning Nothing

Lectures and Listening

    Lectures and Misery
    The Virtues of Listening

II Ideas

The Nature of Reality: Three Positions

    No. 1: Reality Is Hidden

        Reality Is an Illusion
            The World Is a Stage
            About Existence
            We Cannot Know Reality
        The World of Reality Is in Our Minds
            We Can Know Only Our Own Thoughts
            Nature is a symbolic, man-made, metaphysical creation
        Reality Depends upon the Observer 

    No 2: Reality Is Attainable

        Reality Is Observable
        Reality Is the Dream
        Reality Is Easy to Find

    No 3: We Can't Agree about Reality

On Wisdom, Knowledge, and Ignorance

    Wisdom

Wisdom
Knowledge and Wisdom
Knowledge Leads to Wisdom
Confusing Knowledge and Wisdom
Attaining Wisdom
Wise Men and Fools
Wisdom and Experience, Age
Wisdom and Art

    Knowledge

Knowledge
Thirst for Knowledge
Knowledge Serves the Common Good
Organized Knowledge and Meaning
Information
Knowledge vs. Information: an Inverse Relationship
Knowledge and Self Aggrandizement
Knowledge and Authority

    Ignorance

Knowledge and Ignorance
Ignorance
Knowledge, Ignorance and Fear
We Know Nothing
No Knowledge Is Complete
I don't know

Truth

    The Origin and Development of Truths
    The Truth Lies Deep
    Seeking, Finding, and Distinguishing the Truth

        Seek and find the truth
        Seek the truth, but don't imagine that you can find it
        Find the truth but not by intellect or learning
        Find the truth by eliminating everything else
        Recognize the truth
        Stumble over the truth, and ignore it
        Truth and dying men
        Miscellaneous

    Truths and Their Opposites
    Absolute Truth
    Relative Truth
    On the Importance of Truth
    On The Love of Truth
    Be True to Yourself
    Truth and Beauty
    Truth and Character
    Truth and Authority
    Truth and Government
    On Fable, Myth, Fiction
    More About the Truth
    Untruth

        Lies
        To Lie with the Truth
        Dishonesty
        We Don't Want to Hear the Truth, It's Unpleasant
        On Suppressing the Truth

Ideas, Thoughts

    On the Power of Thought

The Endurance of Ideas

    On Thought and Language

Language determines the boundaries of thought
Language doesn't determine the boundaries of thought
Language does not affect reality
Thoughts Expressed

    On the Size of Thoughts, People

Great thoughts require great people
Great Thoughts Meet Great Resistance
On How Little People Think

    Thoughts and Actions

Ideas Require Action
Actions Require Thought
Action Does not always Require Much Thought

    Intelligence

    Characteristics of Great Minds
    Intelligence/Genius and Mental Exercise/Hard Work
    Intelligence/Genius and Spontaneous Insight
    Value of Intelligence

        Geniuses and Fools

    Genius and Creativity/Originality
    Lacking Genius

        Intelligence Miscellany

    Memory
    Other

    Imagination

The Importance of Imagination

    Imagination Drives Success
    Danger of Emphasizing Reason
    Imagination and Perspective, Focus
    Freedom through Creativity
    Creativity and Art
    Creativity
    New Ideas
    Be Open Minded and Discard Outdated Ideas

Imagination and Individuality

    Reconsider Conformity
    Conformity and Thinking
    Difficulty Thinking
    Conformity and Cowardice
    In Another Man's Tracks
    Walk Alone
    Miscellaneous

Invention

     Terrible predictions
     Use of inventions
     Belief in New Ideas
     The Spark of Invention
     Freedom to Invent
     Necessity, Mothers, and Inventions
     Specific Inventions
     Inventors
     Miscellaneous

Communication

    On Being Understood

       On Effective Communication
        Effective Communication Is Necessary for Freedom
        On How Not to Communicate
        On Expressing Yourself Clearly
        say nothing
        silence
        miscellaneous

    On Not Being Understood

        On the Natural State of Confusion in Communication
        An Example of a Very Confusing Speech about How Confusing Communication Is.
        On Convincing Through Confusion
        On Anti-intellectual Communication
        Miscellaneous

    On Communicating Devices

        The Medium
        Telegraph
        Telephone

Common Sense

    Strengths of Common Sense
    Common Sense and Science
    Weaknesses of Common Sense
    Other

III Science and Mathematics

The Language of Mathematics

    God Speaks this Language
    Nature Speaks this Language
    No They Don't!
    Scientists Speak the Language of Mathematics

 

The Nature of Mathematics and Mathematicians

   Mathematics
   Mathematicians

        a mathematician is ...
        the mathematical mind
        mathematicians are mad
        on the age of mathematicians
        on the gender of mathematicians
        why become a mathematician?
        great mathematicians
        to be a successful mathematician
        what are mathematicians like?
        on the need for tact and taste among mathematicians
        on specific mathematicians

    On Writing Mathematics Books
    The Joy of Mathematics
    On the Value of Mathematics

        mathematics is of great value
        mathematics is of little to no value

   Pure Mathematics

an Original Creation
on the Usefulness of Pure Mathematics
its usefulness is unimportant
pure mathematics is often surprisingly useful
the uselessness of pure mathematics is important

    Reality and Mathematics
    Truth and Mathematics
    Abstraction/Generalization in Mathematics

mathematics power derives from abstraction
mathematicians must generalize
the more abstract the more useful

    Structure and Mathematics
    Creativity and Mathematics

on mathematics as a creative art
aha! the spontaneous nature of mathematical insight
aha! mathematical insight through hard work

    Certainty and Mathematics
    Clarity and Mathematics
    Mathematical Errors
    Math Difficulties

        on being bad at math
        on being good at math
        on the difficulty of applying mathematics

     Feelings About Mathematics

Applications of Mathematics

    Art and Mathematics
    Astrology and Mathematics
    Beauty and Mathematics
    Music and Mathematics
    Poetry and Mathematics
    Religion and Mathematics
    Ethics and Mathematics
    Economics and Mathematics
    Government and Mathematics
    Culture and Mathematics
    Philsophy and Mathematics
    Games and Mathematics
    Science and Mathematics
    Puns etc.
    Unclassified Quotes of Stanislaw Lem
    Miscellaneous Quotes

Fields of Mathematics

    Number

        Uses of Numbers
        Numbers for symbols
        Numbers for counting
        Numbers for evidence
        Types of Numbers

            fraction
            imaginary
            infinity
            integer
            irrational
            perfect
            prime
            random
            round
            real

        Numbers and Existence
        Interesting Numbers
        relativity of numbers
        number theory

    Connections among fields of mathematics
    Arithmetic

        arithmetic is
        calculations and calculators
        fuzzy addition
        multiplication

    Graphs and Graphing
    Measurement

        if you can't measure it, you don't know it
        there's more to reality than measurement
        dimensional analysis
        significant figures
        accuracy
        approximation
        measurement-miscellaneous

    Geometry

        geometry, truth and knowledge
        geometry, order, and intellect
        geometry, mechanics and nature
        geometry faith, authority and god
        branches of Geometry
        euclidian geometry
        solid geometry
        non-euclidian geometry
        projective geometry
        squaring the circle
        topology

    Size

        outer and inner space
        size is an abstract concept
        infinite
        infinitesimal

    Proof
    Equations

        y=mx+b

    Problem Solving

        Problems which can't, couldn't be solved
        Is the solution to the problem ever completed?
        Difficult and easy problems
        The importance of solutions
        Good and bad problem solvers

    Algebra

        word problems

    Cause and Effect

        Yes!
        No!

    Statistics

        It's a poor experiment which relies upon statistics
        statistics and ignorance
        statistics deceive
        statistics lie
        statistics reveal the mind of god, the science of man
        average

    Probability

        the laws of probability work in general, but not in specific
        the laws of probability work for you
        the laws of probability work against you
        science, atoms, and probability
        on unlikely events
        gambling
        miscellaneous

    The Impossible

        Doing the impossible
        Age and impossibility
        Intelligence and impossibility
        Determination and impossibility
        Along the actual-impossible scale

    Chance

        Success and Chance
        Luck? Is there any such thing?
        Luck and Being Prepared
        Luck and hard work
        Luck and Ability, Intelligence

    Change

        Constancy of Change
        Necessity for Change
        Growth Implies Change
        Resistance to Change

    Vectors
    Calculus

        differential
        integral

    Groups
    Symmetry

What Is Science?

    science and facts
    science & truth/reality
    science- an act of creativity
    Imagination and Science
    science & curiosity
    science and competition
    science and ignorance
    science and beauty
    science and emotions
    scientific theories
    science and pseudo-science

Science and Skepticism

Science, Mathematics and Beauty

    Science and Beauty
    Mathematics and Beauty
    Simplicity

Science and Other Disciplines

    applied science
    science and the humanities
    science and social science
    science and government
    science vs. literature
    science & poetry
    science and art
    science and music
    science and philosophy
    science and metaphysics
    science: physics or stamp collecting
    science and religion
        science with religion
        science vs. religion
        pro religion
        pro science
        science: good or evil?
        science and dogma

Why Be a Scientist?

    Why Not?
    Science and Genius?
    Scientific Arrogance
    Scientific Humility
    Mad Scientists
    Publishing
    More on Scientists
    More on Science

Research

    On the Nature of Research

        Academic Freedom
        Scientific Research is a Collective and Open Endeavor
        Research and Play
        Research and Discovery
        Research Funding
        Disinterested Research

    On Theories

        Theories must be Testable
        Theories Are Born Dead

    Control of Variables

        On the Impossibility of Controlling All Variables
        On Faulty Assumptions
        On The Need for Reproducibility

    On the Science Laboratory

        Lab Report Format
        Hypothesis
        Seeing
        Lab Equipment, Microscopes
        Other Lab Equipment
        Equipment Directs the Research
        Experimentation-Frankenstein

    Research and Teaching

    Research Results

        Uselessness of Most Research
        Positive Research Results
        Negative Research Results
        Murphy's Laws of Research and the like

    Model Development

Definition

Classification

    The merits of ...
    The problems with...

Measurement Pro and Con

    Measurement: Pro
    Measurement: Con

It's About Time

    Time Is

        Time Is an Illusion, an Invention
        The Measurement of time

    Past Present and Future

        Past, Present, Future
        Past, Present
        Present, Future
        Past
        Present
        Future
        Time Travel

    Relativity of Time

        Time and Age
        Big Time Is Made up of Little Time
        Space-Time
        Space

    Living With Time   

        Improvement with Time, or Not
        On Wasting Time
        Being on Time
        Take Your Time

    Humor

Evolution vs. Creationism

    Evolution
    Creationism

Nuclear

    Until 1945
    1945
    1945 to the Present
    The Future
   

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