[ExI] Teaching kids was roboburgers to go

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Sun Sep 29 07:40:20 UTC 2013

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2013-09-27 16:42, Keith Henson wrote:
>> Robert Heinlein was a major influence in my life. There is a list of
>> skills in _Time Enough for Love_ "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." I can,
>> and have, done most of those. Those I have not, such as "plan an invasion"
>> just have not come up in my life. I have, however, done every single step
>> in making bread. For a few years I made virtually all the bread the family
>> ate. (It was a sink for the excess eggs from the chickens and ducks.)
> That quote is one of the main inspirations for me to study nearly
> everything. Still not even close to doing all of that, but it is early days.

One of my favorite books of all time. Everyone on this list should take the
time to read it if they can.

> Actually planning on having a long and eventful life leads to some
> interesting considerations. One is that you will likely find yourself in
> situations for which you are not trained, yet will need to adapt quickly -
> having a broad knowledge base and enough fluid intelligence (or some
> substitute, like chutzpah) is essential. You will outlive people,
> institutions and nations - make sure you are not devastated by that. Even
> if events like world wars or 1917 flu-style pandemics have a return time of
> once per century, you have a decent chance of experiencing them. There are
> going to be long tail events on both the plus and minus side, and being
> able to catch the plus events when they happen is important - they rarely
> come around again, whether they are a photo opportunity or a financial
> windfall. You will also miss plenty of opportunities and not have the time
> to ingest all relevant information, but it is better than the alternative
> (too few opportunities and little relevant stuff). Not figuring out what
> you want (and why) means that you are less likely to get it.

I take a few hours a day to sip gently from the fire hose of knowledge.
Keeping broad is really difficult. I appreciate what this list does in
keeping me abreast of so many things.

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