Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.

bbc.com/worklife/article/20191

During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?

Finally got round to Longform's interview with
Michael Pollan on _How to Change Your Mind_, which was excellent. I wrote about it here: clerestory.netlify.com/dn18/

Is this true? What about open source software? Linux? vim? cat? I'm genuinely curious. I would agree that there's a spectrum, and some tech obviously encourages certain ways of acting or thinking. But does vim? Really?

How do you track book recommendations? Are you happy with your method? It's something I've never really succeeded in, yesterday I was trying to put it into a database but not sure this is the right way forward...

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Bland, Dull, and Boring.

No, that's not my MastoBio.

It's what I found when looking for the distinction between "dull" and "boring".

bbc.co.uk/newsround/40875608

If you're interested, I wrote an update on the Zettelkasten note-taking system, one month in clerestory.netlify.com/zk1/ @dredmorbius @kensanata @alper

Just read Michael Polanyi's Republic of Science. It's somehow nuts and I can't decide if I agree or disagree...

On the one hand it seems very Hayek-esque, like the market will solve everything, and he's very opposed to state intervention in science. On the other hand, he advocates for what Isaiah Berlin would call positive freedom, which normally prescribes strong central control? Has anyone else read this?

mitpress-request.mit.edu/sites

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I'm still defending fiction against two smart people who don't even really read it, and who mentioned it offhand on a podcast.

Here's me on whether it negatively affects morals:
clerestory.netlify.com/fiction

Here's why I don't think all fiction is working through the author's trauma:
clerestory.netlify.com/fiction

@dredmorbius Just wanted to thank you for posting my Zettelkästen article on HN!

All right, I've gone and written up my (very) initial impressions, after about two days of heavily using Zettelkästen, a system for thinking in writing:
clerestory.netlify.com/zk/

@alper @kensanata

I wrote a bit about why productivity/tracking systems don't always stick, and whether it's a natural cycle, or a sign of poor implementation.
clerestory.netlify.com/systems

Does anyone know about this Zettelkasten thing? Tried it? Someone at my discussion group yesterday mentioned it. It's intriguing but not sure if it will just be a distraction. zettelkasten.de/posts/overview

I wrote about feelings. Should you record them? Do they mean anything? They seem much more important in the moment than they do later on. But does that mean they deserve more attention? clerestory.netlify.com/feeling

Thinking about Robin Carhart-Harris' new paper on psychedelics. Anyone else read it? clerestory.netlify.com/rebus/

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