Would you Rather….

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Would you rather win a Nobel Prize or be a rockstar?  I came across this question the other day and it got me thinking.

I would rather win a Nobel Prize.  As a Nobel Prize winner, I would receive recognition for my achievements and it would be a great honor.  It would open up possibilities for grant money or really cool jobs.  I would also receive cash prizes, which is nice.

If I was a rockstar, I would be famous and have no privacy.  People would follow me and try to take my picture.  I am an extreme introvert, so I would hate dealing with that.  I would also have to tour constantly and would have very little personal time.  Even though being a rockstar would make me mega rich, I would still prefer being a Nobel Prize winner.

How about you?  Would you rather win a Nobel Prize or be a rockstar?

Lamenting Lost Stuff

I don’t know what it is about certain items.  I just can’t seem to keep track of them.  For example, if I buy an umbrella I probably will only get to use it once.  I tend to leave my umbrellas in strange locations and they are never found again.  Eventually, I gave up on caring umbrellas and just deal with the rain.

I also tend to misplace my drinks.  I will have several open drink containers in the house, because I forgot where I put my last drink.  Eventually, I go around and collect them up and put them all on my desk.  That way I can find them, the next time I get thirsty.

This is one of the reasons I don’t carry a purse.  I would never be able to keep track of it.  I would be a nervous wreck, trying to keep up with a bag full of valuable items.

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Age of Enlightenment

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I enjoyed reading this book.  It is well written, easy to read, and interesting.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Enlightenment was born of the idea that all human beings share the same basic needs and as such should enjoy the same rights and privileges.
  • Enlightenment began around the 1680s and lasted until the early 1800s.
  • Enlightenment was the direct result of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  • The Scientific Revolution would never have taken place had it not been for the philosophical groundwork of the Enlightenment.
  • Enlightenment was simply an idea; the idea that a better understanding of our world and the people who occupy it, could lead to the progression of our species and the betterment of the human condition on earth.
  • While the leading figures of the Enlightenment were considered philosophers rather than scientist, many of these figures had backgrounds in science.  Scientific advancement is only possible through empirical processes and rational thought, as such became strongly associated with the reason-based philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers.

Wondering About Old Houses

I like looking at old houses.

I wonder about the people that lived in the house when it was sparkling new.  Did they have fancy parties?  Was there a beautiful horse and buggy that would roll up to the front door?

How many families have called this place home over the years?  Did anyone ever die in that house?  Was anyone ever murdered in that house?

What secrets does the house know?

Does anyone else think about such things?  Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe I’m just weird.