Monday, February 22, 2010

Stretching Your Mind

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
- Anonymous

What a great quote. Every day I try to stretch my mind with new ideas. By reading, listening to podcasts, talking with friends I have the opportunity to grow. Thats what I love about the Internet, it allows you to easily access new ideas and find like minded people.

Keep well


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Harness your Dreams

"In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness."
Ann Faraday

I find that in reading I fuel my dreams and expand my horizons. One is exposed to new potentialities.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Worth of Education

"America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week."

Evan Esar

I think this quote tells us something about our priorities. The Greeks put education and physical education as equals - a healthy mind in a healthy body. How did we get so out of kilter that sportspeople get paid so much more money? I guess though there are a lot less pro sports people than professors.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Spare a Thought for the Trees

Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total. ~Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning

I thought this was a really quirky quote that made me think of the interconnectedness of all things. So next time you read a book spare a thought for the trees.


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Book Learning for Success

"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. "

Abigail Adams

Books provide us with a rich vein to mine for our learning endeavours. To have book learning you need the right books and an ardor for learning.

One of the key functions of education is to equip you to learn for yourself. Once that has been accomplished you can apply the principles to teach yourself anything.

The Internet has many freely available ebooks, podcasts and videos that will assist you on your life long learning adventure.

Go well

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Salinger Quote about Reading

What I like best is a book that's at least funny once in a while...
What really knocks me out is a book that,
when you're all done reading it,
you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours
and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
That doesn't happen much, though.
~ J. D. Salinger ~

What a great quote. I have many writers that I would like to have been a friend of, Virginia Woolf would be the first choice of mine.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Misquotation a Sign of Learning

"Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. "

Hesketh Pearson

And I thought it was only me that had this problem. I often remember the gist of a quotation but not the exact words.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A View on University Education

"A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students."

The above quote resonates with me. The noble idea of teaching and challenging sudents as seen in the liberal arts colleges has given way to the corporate and practical research led university where students get in the way of research.

I will posit a contrarian view that the liberal arts colleges will see a Renaissance as students look for personal attention and an opportunity to grapple with ideas in an
interdisciplinary environment. Long live the BA and BS.