The Achievement of Genius

Hello Uncommoners, 

Here's your random dose of intrigue — a collection of content, ideas, and resources that I've recently found mind tingling.  Consume, skim, or skip at your leisure.  Enjoy. 



“Talent is able to achieve what is beyond other people’s capacity to achieve, yet not what is beyond their capacity of apprehension; therefore it at once finds its appreciators. The achievement of genius, on the other hand, transcends not only others’ capacity of achievement, but also their capacity of apprehension; therefore they do not become immediately aware of it. Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target … which others cannot even see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Oftentimes we trick ourselves into thinking goal-setting will work for us. ‘If I just get that next level of investment,’ or ‘If I just hire that one person,’ our life and our company will shift and settle down. I don’t think that’s true. I think as we grow, so do our expectations, and it’s up to us to carve out the time now to make it worth our while.” – Erin Bagel in Time’s Motto

“I think it’s more accurate to see the immune system as a team of rangers in charge of a national park—as ecosystem managers. They must carefully control the numbers of resident species, and expel problematic invaders.” – Ed Young interviewed in Wired



A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business, by Charles Munger. (This is quite a long read, but well worth it. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the date. Yes, that is a 1,9,9, and 4 — as in 1994. It’s been awhile since Munger shared this information — but that makes it all the more fascinating. So many ideas shared today are applicable only in the short term. Munger reminds us that some of the best insights are timeless — especially in the fast paced, ever-changing world of investing.)

Growing research finds psychedelics effective in treating disease

Jeremy England, the Man Who May One-Up Darwin


Sugar is worse for you than the FDA thought. (Ever wonder why it took the FDA soooo long to crack down on sugar? Turns out, the sugar industry  funded favorable Harvard research and tried to redirect focus towards fat and cholesterol)

+ How the sugar industry has distorted health science for more than 50 years

California’s record-setting 224-page voter guide is costing taxpayers nearly $15 million (This is a menu of available options that would make the Cheesecake Factory blush. Apparently Californians are hungry for A LOT of change) 


It’s finally been officially decided that antibacterial soaps should be taken off the shelves. That’s a good thing, because in a lot of cases it was speeding up the evolution of bacteria’s resiliency. That sounds scary, but sometimes seeing a visual can really hit the message home…  The “footage [herein] depicts a strain of the gut bacterium E. coli evolving to be 1,000 times more resistant to an antibiotic in a matter of 11 days, starkly visualizing the speed with which diseases can adapt to the drugs we throw their way..



The US navy expects to have bomb-sniffing locusts within a year

Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Proposed a New Kind of Government

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