Saturday, December 03, 2005


Field of knowledge?

Imagine you could choose 10 books from any field of knowledge so that you would instantly have complete memory and understanding of the 10 books. Which field of knowledge would you choose?

As an example, you might chose 10 very difficult mathematics books, 10 biology books, 10 economics books, 10 religion books, or 10 psychology books -- and you'd have them completely understood and memorized.

From which ONE field of knowledge would you choose the 10 books?

I'd pick mathematics. The other subjects can be memorized to a reasonable degree, and even understood, but mathematics is difficult to decipher. Plus I feel that I understand math conceptually, but not numerically, and I would welcome the opportunity to understand and memorize ten very difficult math books.
I would cheat and use one book: the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Especially since complete understanding was included in the deal.
I would chose mathematics, as it is a fundamental tool in all sciences and many other disciplines such as architecture, engineering, and statistics-based jobs. Being able to do high level mathematics without any trouble is probably one of the most useful skills a person could have.
Religeon. To understand the words of th worlds greatest prophetswould be... useful.
I think 10 FAT world history-books would be a good idea, since it lacks in my shelf.
Historical anthropology. Nothing helps me understand the world (or rather, the parts of the world that interest me) like a historical study of how societies form. One of the ten books would have to be "Cannibals and Kings" by Marvin Harris.
Musical theory books would be for me, there's not much else i would care to know.
I would choose astronomy. To know so much more bout the universe would provide great pleasure.
I would choose philosophy: 5 western and 5 eastern.
Probably geography, as I'm poor in this subject.
Religion/philosophy, drawing from both western and non-western sources; I feel like I could figure out pretty much anything else in the course of a lifetime.

Theoretical physics is a close runner up, though...

Difficult question, since so many "fields of knowledge" are anthropomorphically delineated anyway, and in actuality there's a whole lot more overlap than we'd like to admit.
Definitely History, particularly concerning the last 2-3 hundred years. Even though I'm mainly interested in mathematics, history is so important in order to understand the way the world is now
Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! personal development
Well since most philosophy is based off of religious works and ideas (either in agreement or in disagreement with), I think I would have to go with Religious works. And not just from one religion, but from a wide variety of similar religions with similar values and beliefs, so as to compare them and see if they are as different as they are made out to be, or if it is just prejudice/self-righteousness and propaganda.
Psychology. If you understood the workings of a human mind interactions between others would become simple and easy. Understanding motives and ideals helps on a politcal platform as well, not being in politics (never i don't have enough patience for ignorance) but seeing what the people are REALLY doing would be nice.
Ten books on the new phisics. The other books I can read & at least partially understand.
There is so much in the new phisics for possible answers of the universe, philosophy, and spirituality.
As it is I need pencil and paper to add double digit numbers, so I need all the help I can get.
AS interesting, & perplexing, as all these subjects are I would choose psychology.

I live around people constantly,as most do, & would love to completely understand human behavior.

I can't think of anything more useful to have in life's journey than this.
I would choose philosophy but since you did not include that in the list I will settle for the second best category - religion. Good philosophy is religion and good religion is philosophy.
Fundamental knowledge

Human Anatomy
Drug Plants
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