### Jean Shepherd’s “I Libertine” Literary Hoax

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

To be enlightened in this world requires a patience of mind. Elements in the world of man competes to sell you their ideas and therefore yoke you to their cause. It is this lack of objectivity that results in so much confusion. Everyone sells their product with effusive phrasing that suggests theirs is the best thing since sliced bread. This is where the patience I spoke of is essential. It is only by seeing enough occurences in this world play out that you can divine the real from the imaginary and the fake from the counterfeit and the good from the evil.

It helps to seek the gurus all around you. If you ask 100 people the same question 99 will have wrong answers. The 100th person will be right. Study the people around you and what they are good at. Then you can access the right person for the particular skill you need to access. Good luck and I am always here ready to talk with you no matter where you are on Earth.

**Summary: If a ridiculous Bee implies an impossible See, an impossible See implies your Bee is ridiculous. Thus Don’t Bee ridiculous.** Proof by contradiction is an essential tool of thought that everyone should know. However it is quite evident to me most people do no know it. Let me see if I can explain it. Steps: -1- assume an item to be true. You usually suspect it to be false and use the method to prove it. -2- follow the logical results of this assumption to an absurd conclusion -3- since the logical result is absurd the assumption must be false. You can negate the assumption. Be careful when you do this. Taking the negative is not as straight forward as many non mathematical people would think. Example: Prove I am not George Washington. -1- Assume I am George Washington the first president of the USA -2- my face should match the face on the front of the 1 dollar bill ….does it? Clearly no. -3- the conclusion my face matches the face on the front of the dollar bill and thus the negative of statement 1 is true = I AM NOT GEORGE WASHINGTON. Sound absurd. Read the next example and see how the very same method applied to something that sounds more official makes the proof alot simpler than attacking it directly !! **Theorem.** There are infinitely many prime numbers. **Proof.** Assume to the contrary that there are only finitely many prime numbers, and all of them are listed as follows: p_{1}, p_{2} …, p_{n}. Consider the number q = p_{1}p_{2}… p_{n} + 1. The number q is either prime or composite. If we divided any of the listed primes p_{i} into q, there would result a remainder of 1 for each i = 1, 2, …, n. Thus, q cannot be composite. We conclude that q is a prime number, not among the primes listed above, contradicting our assumption that **all** primes are in the list p_{1}, p_{2} …, p_{n}.

Think you are a moron half the time? Believe me its much more than that. I have studied this……..if you are lucky………5% of your ideas are actually good. The other 95% are absolute non-flyers. Even though they seem REALLY good. I do not care how liberal you are or how good your intentions are. Most of them are a load of smelly dung. When you test them……they suck for whatever reason they just absolutely do not work. You might say "what a waste!" But not really. Because the 5% makes it all worth while. Remember humans dwell on the positive. You use the 5% in the following fashion ( 0.95) ^Nth power -> decays to zero in other words humans keep the good ideas and toss out the bad so it appears EVERYTHING appears to work even though 95% of your ideas really sucked ass.

When doing hard core high testosterone engineering I learned something about my machine. Designing cutting edge RF circuit cards was a highly constrained exercise in the use of imagination for creativity. Highly constrained creativity is the type Richard Feynman talked about when he talked about creativity and physics. He liked it more because it was creativity and imagination you could actually DO something with other than write yet another BS filled science fiction movie with John Travolta in alien drag. Imagine you are working on a highly constrained creativity project. You start packing your head full of all the constraints. For example you want to design a new car. The constraints might be: 1- have 4 wheels 2- get 200 miles per gallon 3- plug in hybrid electric 4- use gasoline, alcohol 5- go 200 miles per hour What I discovered was that if you pack your head full of all the information about a design task for 3 days straight on the 3rd day is when you start to get the really good ideas. Up till then the results of your constraints and your imagination are not fully cooked.