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YouTube series I’ve Been Enjoying: Systems Innovation Course on Network Theory
- Network science is the study of complex networks such as the internet, telecommunications networks, and social networks.
- If you watch the video above to completion, the next video in the series will start automatically in the same window.
- The series takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it’s very fascinating.
- Key question in network theory: “What is connected to what & and how are they connected?”
- “When we turn up the connectivity in a system, it is increasingly the relations between the components that comes to define the overall system.”
- To see the world through the network paradigm, we need to see not just things, but the connections between them.”
I just published a little book called The Words of the Physicists. You can find it on Amazon by clicking the link in the previous sentence. It is a collection of my favorite quotes from the greatest physicists of all time. If you read it and get the chance, please give it a rating. It would mean a lot to me and really help improve the book’s ranking.
- “When I was 16 years old, I assembled a 2.3 million electron volt beta particle accelerator. I went to Westinghouse, I got 400 pounds of translator steel, 22 miles of copper wire, and I assembled a 6-kilowatt, 2.3 million electron accelerator in the garage.”
- “It must be splendid to command millions of people in great national ventures, to lead a hundred thousand to victory in battle. But it seems to me greater still to discover fundamental truths in a very modest room with very modest means – truths that will still be foundations of human knowledge when the memory of these battles is painstakingly preserved only in the archives of the historian.”
- “It is right that we should stand by and act on our principles; but not right to hold them in obstinate blindness, or retain them when proved to be erroneous.”
- “Science cannot tell us a word about why music delights us, of why and how an old song can move us to tears.”
- “…But work is what gave me purpose. It connected me with people. It freed me from theory.”
- This article also contains plenty of dietary information that I think would be valuable for people who include meat in their diets.
- “Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. While your body can make some of them, nine have to be obtained through your diet. These are referred to as essential amino acids”
- “…many plant sources of protein are too low in or missing one or more of these essential amino acids. They’re considered incomplete protein sources… Still, given that plant foods contain varying amounts of amino acids, you can manage to get enough of each essential amino acid throughout the day by eating a varied diet.”
- “For example, grains like rice are too low in lysine to be considered a complete source of protein. Yet, by also eating lentils or beans, which are higher in lysine, throughout the day, you can be sure to obtain all nine essential amino acids.”
Being very good at deductive reasoning can be a huge liability if your fundamental presuppositions are inaccurate.
There is so much interesting information out there. You could spend hundreds of lifetimes taking it all in. But endless consumption of it won’t get you where you want to go. It won’t bring you peace. To do reach a place of peace and contentment, you must create. The tide cannot run in only one direction.
- This was just a thought that came to mind and flowed onto the page pretty easily. Easy flow is usually the sign of a good thought, but I’m still not sure it’s entirely accurate. I’m far from having reached a state of contentment and peace. But I feel a bit closer to it these days than I did a few years ago, and spending more time creating things seems to have been a key factor in this progress.
Listen to those who have overcome large obstacles. Listen to those who have done hard things.
I have rarely, if ever, regretted practicing for longer than I wanted to.
We act as though so many things are set in stone, which in reality, aren’t. At any moment, all bets could be off.
Most trees require years of care before beginning to bear fruit. The same is true for nearly all worthwhile endeavors.
“Oneness – in some way shape or form, is what every person I’ve ever met has been seeking.”
– Phil Knight, founder of Nike
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