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Hubris

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I'm not a genius.  I'm not sure I understand what one is even.  But just because I think of myself as independent and a thinker, that doesn't mean I'm any good at either.  What does it mean to be a better thinker?  Seems like a weird question but let's hope Google can show me the way!

I like this result so far: How to learn to be a "great" thinker without losing your mind.

Thoughts:

  1. Myer Briggs personality types?  Is the author a high school guidance counselor?  Ok, read on, maybe it gets better.
  2. Learning.  Duh!
  3. That's it?  What has this pablum got to do with the title.  A better title would be: here's an over-simplified bunch of bullshit that might help you click-bait your way to being less afraid of learning.   Ok, not very catchy.

Round two, let's get a little more serious.  Googling: Advice from today's greatest thinker.

Did I really see a list of today's top thinkers that ranked Joe Rogan as # 8???  Oh look, that's on medium.com just like the previous article.  Ok, maybe I should skip medium.com.  I'll look into what that site is about later.  I just saw Joe Rogan's stand up and I am a fan of his podcast.  He isn't afraid to think, he's a pretty good listener and he's very entertaining but a great thinker of our time?  Nope!  Role model for the average dude, maybe.

Well, comfort can't be that bad.  I do like me some Noam Chomsky so I'll start there.  Mr. Chomsky, do you have some advice on what historical philosopher I should read first?

It's getting late, I'm just going to pick a few from chomsky's reading list:

  1. Hegel's The Philosophy of History
  2. Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy
  3. Basic Works of Aristotle

Although I generally like to start at the beginning, I'm not sure I'm smart enough.  Let's go meta and start with Russell's take on Philosophers.  brb