Compare X to Y

6 Apr

Different routes to genius:

prior probability

Let’s start with X. According to Jeff McMahan, here is a detailed description of the daily routine of one great thinker:

There are many anecdotes about the ways in which [X] simplified his life to take as little time as possible away from his work. He ate only twice a day, with almost no variation in what he had at each meal. He ate cold food only, mostly fruits and vegetables without any preparation. Even when he could have had freshly ground coffee with only a minute’s additional preparation, he drank instant coffee, often with water straight from the tap. He sometimes kept a book open on the chest-of-drawers so that he could read while putting on his socks. His speed in reading was phenomenal, in part because his power of concentration was prodigious. Wanting to preserve his mental and physical capacities, he took an hour every evening…

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One Response to “Compare X to Y”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol April 7, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Route Y, however, is so much nicer!

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