"Knowledge has exponentiated and is available to all"by Prospect Team / February 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
What is the first historical event you can recall?
I noticed my mother referring to “President Kennedy” rather than “President Eisenhower.” That dates the memory to shortly after John F Kennedy’s inauguration in early 1961, when I was six. The first discrete event I recall was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. We had the radio on over dinner, and there was a test of an air raid siren. I still can feel the dread.
What is the book you most wish you had written?
As I ponder the books I’ve savoured, I don’t feel the covetous wish to have authored any of them. Much of the enjoyment in reading is hearing another person’s voice, learning from that writer’s insights. As soon as I imagine having written the book myself, I feel the pleasure draining away.
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Professional: master a range of demanding subjects while you have the time and brainpower—more mathematics, economics, languages; less psychology. Personal: if a life situation is unsustainable, better to change it with moderate pain now than with greater pain later.