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Advice on writing
These notes are being extended into an illustrated book entitled
Do not combine diverse expertise into
ridiculous projects for the purpose of keeping busy,
scamming funding agencies,
or getting rich.
You may know how to prepare sushi
and you may have learned how to ride a horse.
Do not propose to prepare sushi while riding a horse.
Preoccupy yourself with learning, discovering,
and documenting answers to interesting
Consider a paper a
natural venue for communicating
novel ideas, new findings, and interesting thoughts.
Allow for the possibility that you may not be as smart
or creative as you think.
For proof, contemplate whether you could have possibly written
the screenplay of the movie
2001: A Space Odyssey
Things to never say (Passive agressive)
I am sorry that you feel this way.
Having said that, ...
I am sure you have been asked this question before ...
This is Water
Living a compassionate life by David Foster Wallace.
Wallace's speech suggests that the overall purpose of higher education is to be
able to consciously choose how to perceive others, think about meaning, and act
appropriately in everyday life. He argues that the true freedom acquired through
education is the ability to be adjusted, conscious, and sympathetic.
On the sublime
M. G. Piety writes that
The spectacle of greatness is always edifying because
there is something sublime about it.
This remark is as accurate as it is uplifting.
Roger Ebert wrote that it was
exhilarating to watch the movie "Jacob's ladder"
in that he was able to observe filmmakers working at the edge of their
abilities and inspirations.
Witnessing elevated states of the human condition
in the arts, sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine,
or everyday life is proof that,
despite occasional setbacks,
the human race
is headed to a better state where life itself is respected and revered
in any form, and the good of the Universe is placed well above the good
of one individual or a group of individuals.
Honors and awards are replaced by self-discipline
and self-respect in the ideal state,
people are embarassed to flatter themselves,
poverty has been eliminated, and the notions
of self-promotion and greed are poisonous and archaic.
The Rejection of the pipeline is an instance of the sublime.
The Rejection of miscellaneous Honors, Awards, and a million bucks by
is another instance of the submlime.
Bob Dylan's handling of the Nobel Prize
(he did not ask for it and he could not turn it down)
is yet another instance of the sublime.
Here is another instance of the sublime:
Souls and adorations.
Be sure that everyone is capabe of mediating the sublime
independent of social, economic, and professional standing.
The executors of the sublime should be held in high regard.
It is unfortunate and disheartening that the
prevailing culture downplays the
sublime by romanticizing, heroifying
and then maligning the actors of the sublime.