An interesting observation about really smart people:
One downfall of being particularly bright is that you are often lonely. You see and think of stuff that most other people don’t see or understand, so it can be hard to feel a genuine connection with most others. What is really exciting to you goes right over the heads of most others. As you get older this gets to be easier to solve by finding your flock, but I think loneliness in the formative years always sticks to you.
Another downfall is that exceptionally bright people have a high drop-out rate from school, particularly high school. It seems counterintuitive until you spend a day in our public school system. Bright kids see school as not providing any useful information and find it creates a lot of boring busy work. On that note, a really great topic for you to explore is the economic impact of the teacher’s union’s stronghold on the American public education system.
As the parent of children much brighter than myself I'm inclined to agree that it's often hard to understand them, but luckily I haven't seen them exhibit much loneliness. As for the teacher's union, that would be a question worth exploring.
Joe called this "The best presentation I've ever seen. Not even close." I don't know if I'll go that far, but I will say that it's very, very good and it reinforces my belief that the best speakers/presenters forego PowerPoint presentations. Also, chalk boards/white boards are two of the most underrated communication tools in the universe. Finally, great presentations almost always result from a combination of genius, preparation, personality and "it" factor. Technology can enhance these elements, but it can't replace them or hide a speakers
About the presentation itself: I've never, ever seen anyone take complex, medical/scientific information and break it down into layman's terms as well as Sapolsky does here. Phenomenal, and a must watch for anyone with an interest in depression.
Diego Stocco creates musical instruments, writes compositions to incorporate them all and then performs each part. Lazy bum.
Harper Lee, in a letter to Oprah Winfrey about her love of reading books, talks about working to learn and having things happen on soft pages:
Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.
And, Oprah, can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up — some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.
A great commencement speech, given by a high school English teacher who happens to be the son of historian David McCullough, is getting quite the buzz online. You should give yourself 13 minutes to watch it.
I found this piece by Andy Rooney via a co-worker's sharing of it on Facebook. In it he explains why women over 40 are the shizz:
As I grow in age, I value women who are over forty most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think…
A woman over forty looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over forty is far sexier than her younger counterpart…
Yes, we praise women over forty for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of forty-plus, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some twenty-two-year-old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize.
For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” here’s an update for you. Now 80 percent of women are against marriage, why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig, just to get a little sausage.
My cousin Adam Good is thinking about knowledge, the mind, and ways to remix both. Check it out: