Surprises make us laugh, and surprises are what one wants to deliver.

Surprises make us laugh, and surprises are what one wants to deliver.

To some extent it really is like learning history.

When you first read history, it is simply a whirl of names and dates. Nothing appears to stick. Nevertheless the more you learn, the more hooks you’ve got for brand new facts to stick onto– and that means you accumulate knowledge at what is colloquially called an rate that is exponential. When you remember that Normans conquered England in 1066, it will probably catch your attention once you hear that other Normans conquered southern Italy at about the time that is same. Which could make you wonder about Normandy, and take notice when a book that is third that Normans are not, similar to of what exactly is now called France, writing essays tribes that flowed in while the Roman empire collapsed, but Vikings (norman = north man) who arrived four centuries later in 911. Which makes it better to remember that Dublin has also been established by Vikings when you look at the 840s. Etc, etc squared.

Collecting surprises is a process that is similar.

The more anomalies you have seen, the greater easily you are going to notice new ones. Which means, strangely enough, that as you get older, life should be more and more surprising. I used to think adults had it all figured out when I was a kid. I experienced it backwards. Kids are the ones who have it all figured out. They are just mistaken.

When it comes to surprises, the rich get richer. But (as with wealth) there could be habits of mind that will assist the process along. It is good to possess a habit of asking questions, especially questions starting with Why. Read more