Lyceum — recollect


Various resources, bits of information and wisdom to return to and recall.

Three questions - Leo Tolstoy

When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times?

A liberal decalogue - Bertrand Russell

A vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more.

How to disagree - Paul Graham

What does it mean to disagree well? Most readers can tell the difference between mere name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but it would help to put names on the intermediate stages.

A cheatsheet on discourse

Cheatsheet for the mechanics of communication

Working with monsters

Let’s start with an ethical question,” he began, then laid out a simple scenario. “So,” he asked once finished, “blue or green?”

On the subject of talent

A response to whether a person "with no talent" but who put in a lot of hard work could ever stand to create work as good as someone "with talent" who also put in a lot of hard work.

How to write quickly whilte maintaining epistemic rigor

Think about why you currently believe something, and try to accurately describe what led you to believe it, instead of falling into the rabbit hole of research trying to conclusively prove it before sharing it.

Vincent Van Gogh visits the gallery

What makes this scene poignant isn't so much the fact that Van Gogh died penniless and believed himself a failure and the Doctor shows him the impact his work had on future generations. It's the fact that all human beings, famous or not, want to know their lives had some meaning and that we had an effect on the world, even if that effect never goes beyond our own families. We want to know our children are successful and happy, and the fact that we played some part in that. That is what truly gives this scene its power. (Credits: Comments Section)

Farther Away

A beautiful tribute by Jonathan Franzen mourning the loss and frustration over the death of his dear friend David Foster Wallace.