Sunday, October 18, 2020

Farnam Street Knowledge

- The Myth of Multitasking: Why the Key to Better Work is Developing Forgotten Talents

- Why Read? Advice from Harold Bloom

- Iatrogenics: Why Intervention Often Leads to Worse Outcomes. We have to come up with a better word than "Iatrogenics" because this is a big problem. "Social Justice" is iatrogenics writ large.


  1. How many people today have memorized a poem? I will wager it does not play any part of of a "modern curriculum" in any school in the US.
    Interesting insight into someone I had never heard of before.
    Always a pleasure to read your blog.

  2. Thanks. Agree with the idea that memorizing poetry is no longer part of most curriculum and education is much weaker for it.

    Hell most young people this days don't even know "There was a man from Nantucket..."

  3. Ah, the Limerick -- a real art form that deserves to be passed on to future generations! Best recited from memory at bars and parties everywhere!

  4. It may sound silly but I believe that if limericks and haiku's are taught in grade school kids will try to come up with humorous ones they show their friends and gain greater appreciation for poetry.

    Limericks and haiku's are the gateway poems to Frost and Dickinson.