Friday, May 20, 2011

Tim Ferriss on Stocism, Life-Hacking, Language Learning, etc.

I like Tim Ferriss because he's an experimentor, testing ideas (Stocism), his body, his skills (here in some degree about language learning), and he brings a Pareto-based attitude to learning new skills. He seems pretty adept @ it, so I pay some attention to what he has to say. This is a good, relatively short introduction to some of his main ideas & perspectives. Of course, his two books, The Four-Hour Work Week & The Four-Hour Body are chock-full of these ideas and more.

Nicholas Phillipson: Adam Smith

Adam Smith, an odd, somewhat ungainly man from Scotland who lived and wrote in the 18th century is one of the great minds. The poor fellow seems destined to remain in the popular mind as the mand with the invisible hand. But in addition to this keep perception and his invention of modern economic thought, he is the author of another equally great work, The Theory of the Moral Sentiments. This book gives us the "impartial spectator", an ideal that a Buddhist would recognize.

This birthday gift one 1HP (thanks again!) reinforced what I already believed: Smith is a greaet mind with keen insight. Yes, he invented modern economics, but it was all a part of his project for a "science of man". He is essentially humane, careful, and worthy of all of the consideration that we can give him.