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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

"I find nothing more depressing than optimism." - Paul Fussell


"[Jan] Hus's passionate demands for a return to the traditional poverty of the clergy and a general improvement in the moral standards of public life aroused the enmity of the upper echelons of the priesthood as well as causing animosity on the part of those members of the aristocracy who saw their privileged lifestyle about to disappear"

--- Czech & Slovak republics, Volume 114 of Insight guides / Alfred Horn

2005 Commencement address: "If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later."

College Degree Nearly Doubles Annual Earnings: "Just in case you still had some doubts, the U.S. Census Bureau has released data proving the substantial value of a college education in the United States. Workers 18 and over sporting bachelors degrees earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915. But wait, there's more. Workers with an advanced degree make an average of $74,602, and those without a high school diploma average $18,734."

2005 Commencement address: "You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

Steve Jobs Treated His Cancer At Veggie Restaurant? - "According to two staff who worked at Greens, and who asked to remain anonymous, Jobs regularly met Dr. Ornish at Greens about four years ago. Both staffers said they got the impression Jobs was trying to treat his cancer with meals eaten at Greens."

2005 Commencement address: "Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me"

Effects of unemployment on mental and physical health. - "After unemployment, symptoms of somatization, depression, and anxiety were significantly greater in the unemployed than employed... unemployed men made significantly more visits to their physicians, took more medications, and spent more days in bed sick than did employed individuals even though the number of diagnoses in the two groups were similar."

Unemployment Can Spell Divorce for Men, But Not Women - "For men, unemployment status can also make it more likely their wives will divorce them, a new study finds. Whether or not a woman had a job, however, had no effect on the likelihood that her husband would decide to leave the marriage"

2005 Commencement address: "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life"

Going for broke: mortality salience increases risky decision making on the Iowa gambling task. - "Participants reminded of their own mortality would consequently make riskier decisions (and therefore perform more poorly) on the Iowa gambling task"

Thoughts of Death May Increase Desire to Punish - "Research has shown that when judges are reminded of their mortality, they will impose higher bail than judges who have not been reminded of their own mortality. Juries will have a greater tendency to convict on lesser evidence and recommend more severe sentences after being reminded of their mortality. People also can become more physically aggressive against those who threaten their world-views when they are reminded of their own mortality."
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