July 16 - July 23, 2017

This week's feature on Claude Shannon culls a dozen lessons from Shannon remarkable career.  In my mind, they're ultimately guides for creativity and productivity that are useful in any environment.

Also, oodles of humanities articles this week, so I've broken them into two subcategories.

And lastly, the free speech/speech is violence discussion continues...

Enjoy this week's selection!



12 Lessons From The Life Of Claude Shannon Medium
"We just published the biography of Dr. Claude Shannon... We've distilled what we've learned from him over these last few years into this piece.  It isn't a comprehensive list by any means, but it does begin, we hope, to reveal what this unknown genius can teach the rest of us about thinking--and living."

Clear Thinking And Clear Writing: The Purpose Of The Humanities NYTimes
"Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn't merely a utilitarian skill.  It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.  No one has found a way to put a dollar sign on this kind of literacy, and I doubt anyone ever will."


Usain Bolt And The Biomechanics Of Sprinting New York Times


Physical Habits That Help The Brain Fast Company


Artists On Where Ideas Come From [Video] Core77


On The Importance Of Kids Making Art Atlantic


Why Some Speakers Should Be Banned, And Others Not New York Times
"That's why it's reasonable, scientifically speaking, not to allow a provocateur and hatemonger like Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at your school. He is part of something noxious, a campaign of abuse.  There is nothing to be gained from debating him, for debate is not what he is offering.  On the other hand, when the political scientist Charles Murray argues that genetic factors help account for racial disparities in I.Q. scores, you might find his view to be repugnant and misguided, but it's only offensive."

Or: Stop Saying Speakers Are Traumatic, And They Won't Be New York Magazine


Against Harvard's Social Club Ban, And The Purpose Of Higher Ed Atlantic

Higher Education Institutions Show Slow Decline In Number Inside Higher Ed


3 Books About The Importance Of The Humanities In A Tech Age Harv. Bus. Rev.

How Intraparty Fighting Led To McCarthy's Downfall Atlantic

Photographers Take Pictures inspired By Contemporary Amer. Poems NYTimes


On Beowulf's Persistence In Pop Culture Atlantic

Looking Back At Tom Stoppard's Oeuvre Prospect Magazine

Paradise Lost Is Being Translated More Than Ever Before Guardian

The Contemporary Thoreau: Lessons From The North Pond Hermit Atlantic


5 Most Important Of Effective Teams (Via Google) Inc.


On Committing To Read More Washington Post
"The tyranny of the urgent crowds in around me. If I yield to that tyranny, my life fills with mental clutter.  Boredom, say the researchers, is when creativity happens.  A wandering mind wanders into new, unexpected places.  When I retire to the mountains and unplug for a few days, something magical takes place.  I'll go to bed puzzling over a roadblock in my writing, and the next morning wake up with the solution crystal-clear--something that never happens when i spend my spare time cruising social media and the internet."

Just Read Poems: Stop Trying To Analyze Them All The Time New York Times
"As a teacher, I've found that regardless of how open or resistant my literature students initially are to poetry, real progress begins when they get literal with the words on the page.  I ask them to pick one interesting word, then go to the library and investigate the word."

"Morning Pages": 750 Words Per Day, First Thing In The Morning Quartz
"Shortly after waking, they curl up with a journal and pen or pencil. They start writing, and they don't stop until they've filled at least three hand-written pages--about 750 words. The routine is called Morning Pages, and people ranging from journalist Oliver Burkeman to entrepreneur Tim Ferriss say it's changed their lives."

Which Authors Use The Most Exclamation Marks Atlantic


A History Of The Neutrino Aeon
"In scarcely more than half a century, neutrinos have gone from wispy, exotic particles at the edge of detectability to tools for investigating matter at its most essential--from prize-worthy quarry to something more like a forensics kit.  In retracing that transformation, we catch glimpses of a larger story, of physicists groping toward an abstruse, beguiling account of nature, set against (and at times engulfed by) larger dramas of the nuclear age."

Number Of Girls Taking AP Computer Science Doubles In 2017 EdWeek


Google Glass Lives On... In Manufacturing Wired

"Students Are Better Off Without A Laptop In The Classroom" Scientific American


And Now The LPGA Is Changing Its Dress Code New York Times

"How To Dress Down Like A Power Player" New York Times

An Overview Of Stresses On The Triple Threat Model Enrollment Mgmt. Assoc.


There's A Conference For Procrastination Researchers New York Times