The Big Think

April 9, 2012

The Art of Non-Conformity

Filed under: Current Reading,Disclosure — jasony @ 9:12 pm

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Ask a lot of questions.

There’s an old saying that the pope and the peasant combined know more than the pope. In other words, you can learn from anyone. Be curious and ask questions wherever you go. (Also, beware of incurious people—such people think they know a lot, but usually don’t.)

I have known a lot of incurious people in my life and it makes me sad. But I’ve also tried to surround myself with friends who are curious about the world, too. There’s a huge freedom in acknowledging that you don’t know very much compared to everything you can know. Unfortunately, the world will always think of the curious ones as uneducated, naive, or slow. If you can learn to deal with that and try to learn something from everyone- peasant or pope- you’ll expose yourself to some wondrous things. All it costs is your pride, and we all have enough of that to pay any bill.

The Sound of Silence

Filed under: Audio,Science — jasony @ 8:50 pm

When it’s quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly.

‘In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.’

And this is a very disorientating experience. Mr Orfield explained that it’s so disconcerting that sitting down is a must.

The world’s quietest place is a chamber at Orfield Laboratories | Mail Online: “”

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