The Big Think

February 20, 2013

Pi Phi Fibonacci

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 1:56 pm

15 Uncanny Examples of the Golden Ratio in Nature: “”

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UPDATE: Matt counters with Fibonacci Flim-Flam! Well played, Matt!

A somewhat cynical footnote.

The internet is cluttered with “educational” sites that have documents on “Fibonacci numbers in nature” and similar topics. A corresponedent suggested a reason for this, which resonated with my own experience in the “ed-biz”. Perhaps this is the result of the current climate in education in which teachers are under great pressure to pander to student feelings and interests. Students continually ask for reasons for studying academic subjects—reasons that will convince students of the relevance of that subject to their own narrow interests and egocentric perspective. The idea of being interested in something for its own sake is a foreign concept to them. So some teachers go out of their way to “invent” relevance, even if it is a fragile and tenuous relevance. To show that some part of mathematics is relevant to nature, art, or the location of navels, serves that purpose. In doing this, some textbook writers and teachers often display their own shallowness of thought.


Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 1:51 pm

Those who would rule over us find the Second Amendment inconvenient, and therefore are happy to dispense with it, if they can muster the votes. It is noteworthy that the Second Amendment does not create a right to keep and bear arms, it refers to a right that it assumes to be pre-existent. The right to keep and bear arms is really the right of self-defense, which John Locke called “the fundamental law of nature.” So the current debate over gun control is about much more than guns. It goes to the nature of the relationship between the people and the state: are we free and independent citizens, or are we the grateful subjects of exalted rulers?

John Hinderaker


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 2:31 am

“I’m Not a Genius, Just a Tremendous Bundle of Experience”

—R. Buckminster Fuller

Perhaps people are born with the capacity to become a genius and others start at a lesser point, but whether or not you become one is a result of your effort and experience. At least that’s what author, design, inventor, and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller believes.
We like to give up and quit because it’s easier. Telling ourselves we weren’t born with the ability to become geniuses or do extraordinary things makes that possible. However, most designated geniuses didn’t get there because of some genetic predisposition, but rather a combination of hard work and relevant experiences. While luck will always play some role in our success, you don’t find luck by sitting on your ass. Rather, you find it by getting up and experiencing life as much as you can until it can’t help but find you.


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