Yeah... in my opinion, you're right. But oddly, so are the points
about intellectual curiosity. There's nothing to defend here, and I
think at some level it's known to all.
Confusion is a natural part of real curiosity. As an example, my
father used to teach in the same school with a math hardcore who gave
his students INSANE problems to work through. It was not unusual for
no one in his higher level classes to come up with any solutions after
working themselves raw on his assignments. He'd have parents coming
in and complaining, asking if even he knew the answers. Sometimes
he'd say "not right now, but give me a week and I'll let you know."
And he meant it. But the parents wanted mostly to feel good about
their smart kids, and to have the school wok serve as a foundation for
feeling secure, or proud, or whatever, while what the instructor was
after was driving the process, and trying (partially under radar) to
give them a chance to see first hand that good - even brilliant - work
wasn't a ticket to some magical entitlement. He wanted them to see
the value in the struggle first and formost. The kids would actually
argue about the beat ways to approach the problems... they were
inspired, exhilerated and frustrated, and he drove and encouraged
that. And this was in high school, in a nowhere Montana town. I
can't imagine it happening now.
In the end, the parents were shocked when their kids, having "wasted"
thier time on "pointless" drudge blew their college entrance tests
through the roof, and found college work surprisingly understandable.
My brother studied with
him, and was quite surprised when, having gone to college going in
with no pride or puffery and even being quiite naïve about the work
he'd done in high school was a year and a half into college math
before he ran into anything the felt foriegn or truly difficult.
I hope the connection there isn't too opaque. My point is that (I
think) it's important that we learn to be our own guinea pigs,
because there a few set courses in a meaningful and conscious life.
And the process of getting to that point is confusing and even
frightening if we sense too clearly what's at stake. And yeah... many
of us want confirmation along the way because of that. And yeah
again... it's important that we somehow come to a point at which we
chuck the concern and just do the work, making course corrections and
learning from assorted broken bones and chemical burns on the way,
because at some point it (hopefully) clear that a need to "figure it
out" beforehand is a clever and quiet little lie that death tells us.
So, I think it's important to bless the process, and continue to call
the cautions when it seems necessary, understanding that both can be
in error. And so what?
On Feb 12, 8:48 pm, ailambris <ailamb...@gmail.com
> I don't know, man. You're confused. No offense: you're forgetting that
> all of the things you describe should be part of a healthy lifestyle.
> Peripheral improvements, incidental. I don't get your case, really.
> Maybe you're consumed by the concept, spending too much time mulling
> about it. Just follow the rules and forget about them. They should not
> weigh so heavily on your conscience. In retrospect, you'll thank
> On Feb 12, 8:23 pm, whoisbambam <smath...@gmail.com
> > I think you could get by with 30minutes of nbacking and 30minutes
> > aerobic exercise 5days a week
> > As for supplements, consider magnesium l-threonate and bcm-95 curcumin
> > as promising possibilities--word is still out.
> > As for thinking skills, consider:http://www.teach12.com/tgc/courses/Course_Detail.aspx?cid=5932http://.