Re: Are there smartdrugs?

Anders Sandberg (
22 Oct 1999 17:39:31 +0200

"Bryan Moss" <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > My parents gave me a very free upbringing, without
> > influencing my values deliberately. While they were not
> > fundamentalists, they were rather politically left at the
> > start. The only exception to not influencing me was when
> > they gave me the Quotations of Chairman Mao (maybe as an
> > experiment). I didn't find it interesting. On the other
> > hand, they also tried to give me some economics textbooks,
> > which I didn't get either. I was far too happy reading
> > encyclopedias.
> Your parents owned books!? What a wonderful environment to
> be born into.

I sense the beginning of a "You were lucky, we lived in a cardboard box in the middle of the highway..."-thread :-)

My father was very interested in geography, or rather maps. He made a point of putting up maps on the walls of the kitchen (one of the world, one of Europe - he switched place of them every other year to make sure my brother and I got equal education), my room (mainly a map of Mars and the solar system) and even in the bathrooms (later on, they was replaced by an evolutionary tree in one of them and the evolution of the arameic alphabet in the other). One of the better ideas for education I have encountered.

I think the best way of stimulating children to learn is to give them easy access to stuff they can learn from. Hence, leave the atlases and encyclopedias lying around.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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