11 MAY 2013 by ideonexus

 Reading is a Shortcut to Wisdom

The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men. [...] Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun. For all the “4th Generation of War” intellectuals running around today saying tha...
Folksonomies: wisdom reading experience
Folksonomies: wisdom reading experience
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Without reading, all we have is experience to give us wisdom, but that experience in war comes at too high a price. Through reading we can gain the wisdom without having to sacrifice the soldiers.

08 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 We Cannot Extend Our Lives Forward, but We Can Backwards

The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: ... Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of ...
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By reading the works of previous generations, absorbing their knowledge, we can age ourselves mentally.

05 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Knowledge Can be Transferred, but Not Wisdom

Positive, objective knowledge is public property. It can be transmitted directly from one person to another, it can be pooled, and it can be passed on from one generation to the next. Consequently, knowledge accumulates through the ages, each generation adding its contribution. Values are quite different. By values, I mean the standards by which we judge the significance of life. The meaning of good and evil, of joy and sorrow, of beauty, justice, success-all these are purely private convicti...
Folksonomies: culture knowledge wisdom meme
Folksonomies: culture knowledge wisdom meme
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Wisdom relies on an accumulation of personal experiences.

28 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Do What You Love

It is important to go into work you would like to do. Then it doesn't seem like work. You sometimes feel it's almost too good to be true that someone will pay you for enjoying yourself. I've been very fortunate that my work led to useful drugs for a variety of serious illnesses. The thrill of seeing people get well who might otherwise have died of diseases like leukemia, kidney failure, and herpes virus encephalitis cannot be described in words.
Folksonomies: wisdom life
Folksonomies: wisdom life
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Quote from Gertrude B. Elion's lecture notes.

18 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Dunning–Kruger effect

People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it. Across 4 studies, the authors found that participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of hum...
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom ignorance
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom ignorance
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People who are unskilled in domains grossly overestimate their abilities compared to those who are skilled.

17 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Knowledge VS Wisdom

Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much, Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom
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Knowledge is the "thoughts of other men," while wisdom is "minds attentive to their own."

30 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Science Will Not Descend to You

Philosophy dwells aloft in the Temple of Science, the divinity of its inmost shrine; her dictates descend among men, but she herself descends not : whoso would behold her must climb with long and laborious effort, nay, still linger in the forecourt, till manifold trial have proved him worthy of admission into the interior solemnities.
Folksonomies: wisdom learning
Folksonomies: wisdom learning
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Quoting Thomas Carlyle: you must climb the mountain to meet it.

12 SEP 2011 by ideonexus

 Knowledge is Indivisible

Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise–even in their own field.
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom
Folksonomies: knowledge wisdom
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People should grow wise in all directions.

10 AUG 2011 by ideonexus

 Pass Along Wisdom

“Understand this,” said Xaphania: “Dust is not a constant. There’s not a fixed quantity that has always been the same. Conscious beings make Dust, they renew it all the time, by thinking and feeling and reflecting, by gaining wisdom and passing it on. “And if you help everyone else in your worlds to do that, by helping them to learn and understand about themselves and each other and the way everything works, and by showing them how to be kind instead of cruel, and patient instead o...
Folksonomies: enlightenment wisdom
Folksonomies: enlightenment wisdom
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What to evangelize in absence of religion.

22 FEB 2011 by ideonexus

 Proverbs 4:6-7: The Importance of Wisdom and Understanding

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Folksonomies: enlightenment bible wisdom
Folksonomies: enlightenment bible wisdom
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A quote in support of enlightenment from the bible.