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In twenty-seven days, I will release my first eBook out into the wild. I grow nervous as the day inches ever closer, though excited at the same time. All a man can do is wait, so that is what I shall do…I also cannot wait for people to read it, and to either fall in love with it, or damn me to a fiery eternity, for I tackle many a sticky issue within. Those I imagine are the only two camps people will lump the book into. Regardless, I look forward to seeing which class it gets thrown into, and hope I do not get too enthralled with a response if provoked.

That makes me think of Maximus, in the movie Gladiator.

“I knew a man once who said, “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”"

In order to get the wheels of promotion unstuck as I begin to release, Random Rationality: A Rational Guide to an Irrational World. I will be giving free copies of the book to the first one hundred people who sign up for email updates (top right). Seems like a fair trade to me; you get my free book (emailed on July 30th, a day before everybody else) of which I poured a year of my life into, and I get to incessantly tear down the mental worlds we hold so dear and torture them until naught but the truth remains.
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Published on July 05, 2012 02:08 • 72 views • Tags: book, ebook, free, giveaway, kindle, random-rationality
If you have read my author bio, or my letter to my future self, you will make the astute observation that I call myself idiot rather often, and you may ask why do I do this

The answer lies in a good friend of mine. It was some years back, as we were having one of our many debates, Israel vs Palestine I believe it was. Upon concluding our debate, with no clear victor, he said something along the lines of “What do I know, I’m stupid…”, which struck me as rather odd. He was, and still is, one of the most intelligent people I know. I would never had admitted something like that about myself. As far as I was concerned, I was at least intelligent.

I believe I finally understand his meaning. If you admit to yourself that you are smart, you will eventually begin assuming you are smart, and not keep up the necessary hard work and sacrifice needed to actually stay intelligent. If you keep telling yourself you are intelligent, or reveling in others praise of your intelligence, eventually you become dumb as the world just moves on by.

We live in a fast-moving world, bombarded everyday with information from a multitude of sources. Just to keep up to date with the latest issues, requires hours a day of reading, watching and social interaction.

I spent 8-12 hours a day reading articles on philosophy, science, politics, economics, and technology on my computer at home, my laptop when my girlfriend is showering, on my tablet when I am out and about, on my iPhone when I am and about and forgot my tablet, and on my Kindle when I tire of backlit screens. I do all this to try to be up-to-date, to know stuff, and stay an idiot, for I can never be smart. I don’t do this just to release a book. It is my default mode, I just like to know everything, and I like to pass on that knowledge to others. But to be smart is a fantasy, a goal that will never be realized. It took me a few years to realize that, which just proves the point of this post.

At the end of the day, we are all idiots at a lot of different things, while only competent in a few areas, and only smart in even less. The best thing we can do is let go of the fantasy that we are smart. I get a little better at it everyday.

Don’t forget, sign up for email updates to this blog (top right), and the first 100 subscribers will receive my first book for free, in a format of your choosing. Thank you for reading.
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Published on July 07, 2012 13:39 • 27 views • Tags: dumb, dumber, dumberer, fourat-janabi, free, friend, honest, idiot, intelligent, random-rationality, smart, wisdom