David Birnbaum Update

Readers will recall this story about amateur philosopher David Birnbaum. I have been given permission to share the following e-mail in response: Hi Pejman, This is Nora, Editorial Associate at David Birnbaum's office. We read your blog regarding "David Birnbaum Buys His Way into Philosophical Debates. Should We Care?" Note that Mr. Birnbaum has been under …

David Birnbaum Buys His Way into Philosophical Debates. Should We Care?

I find myself more than a little intrigued by this story about amateur philosopher David Birnbaum. He is a jeweler by trade, and he's gotten very wealthy off of the work, but his real passion is philosophy. Basically, he wants nothing less than to crack "the cosmic code." And he believes he has done it with …

How the Creative Class Created

Quite fascinating:Nikola Tesla typically worked from noon until midnight, breaking at 8:00 p.m. for dinner every night at the Waldorf-Astoria. Among the many peculiarities of this ritualized repast was his practice of not starting the meal until he had computed his dinner's cubic volume, "a compulsion he had developed in his childhood." Truman Capote, who …