The case for taking Knoweledge Risks

Let's start with philosopher Daniel Dennett today :)

"I found I never really appreciated many of the painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries until I visited European museums where I could see room after room full of second-rate paintings of the same genres. If all you ever see is the good stuff – which is al you see in the introductory survey courses, and in the top museums – it’s very hard to see just how wonderful the good stuff is. Do you know the difference between a good library and a great library. A good library has all the good books. A great library has all the books. If you really want to understand a great philosopher, you have to spend some time looking at the less great contemporaries and predecessors that are life in the shadows of the masters."

Taking a "Knowledge Risk" means choosing the lesser known and promoted but also the less familiar. Rosamund E. M. Harding writes in "An anatomy of Inspiration"

"It is a fact that has not yet been sufficiently stressed that those persons who have risen to eminence in arts, letters or sciences have frequently possessed considerable knowledge of subjects outside their own sphere of activity: Pasteur was a bachelor of literature in addition to being a doctor of science; James Watt rested his mind from honing the steam engine with archeology and poetry; Emmanuel Kant read classics, mathematics, physics, astronomy, metaphysics, law, geography, and travel; Goethe was a collector of art and science ephemera, and took a close interest in the engineering of canals, harbors, and tunnels"

SO ! Habit Design :D

  • Trigger: You just finished reading a book or an article
  • Routine: Choose something diametrically "opposed" (Science -> Art, News -> Philosophy)
  • Reward: Sit back and think how the distant dots could connect :)

Gooood morning :D