But before I dive in head first (like Pete Rose), if you received the “Random Bidtits (10/4/2017)” email but didn’t read the post online, you’re missing out on a final paragraph following the photo of the porn stars (how many blogs can begin with this). Posted that mofo before it was finished.
As for the topic of this post, we’ve again been graced with the boundless insights of the Meditative Mandarin. He shared a story about Isaac Newton:
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
The enterprise of mankind as embodied in our advance of knowledge is built on the pattern of Shoulders of Giants. Human knowledge and understanding is a very cumulative affair.
The quotation above was written by Isaac Newton as a backhanded insult directed squarely at Robert Hooke (1635-1702), with whom Newton carried on a life long, bitter rivalry. Newton used this quote in a letter responding to Hooke’s claim that Newton stole the hypothesis on light from Hooke’s “Micrographia.” Newton was familiar with Micrographia and claimed that Hooke took much of the work from Descartes who – claimed Newton – took his work from Marcantonia de Dominis and Ariotto. The comment was very likely intended to be sarcastic as Hooke was a very short man, practically a midget.
Enough on Newton. Now let’s talk about achieving his level of brilliance. Start fluffing your neckbeards. Study: Playing Starcraft can Increase your Cognitive Abilities