Notes on eccentrics, mavericks, outsider geniuses and fools. Stroppy people. Lacking an identifiable label so you show up in diversity metrics? Not sure whether you are rebelling against society, or conforming to a subgroup? How do you get by as a mad outsider? Will you be right twice a day? Do you want to find a rationale for people like you? How about that you are useful for innovation?
Eccentricity and group context
For an interesting perspective on whether taking one for the team and being the house oddball is worthwhile, see Olga Khazan on Living and Flourishing While Being Weird (Khazan 2021).
Olga Khazan (Khazan 2021)
Ingeborg van Teeseling’s collection of Australian stroppiness
Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister in 2020 sounds interesting.
Eric Gilliam, John von Neumann: A Strange Kind of Bird
I cannot stop reading about FTX
- Max Read, What to Read About FTX
How the Kayin BGF’s business interests put Myanmar at risk of COVID-19. The ethnic border militias of Myanmar sound fascinating.
The new Matthew Syed book might pertain (Syed 2020).
benkuhn.net, Searching for outliers
Normies claim to be a larger and more powerful coalition than they actually are by conflating their conformity target with statistical normality.
Roger’s Bacon, 20 Modern Heresies
Festivals of contrarian ideas such Hereticon/Festivals of Dangerous Ideas. These things rarely seem to produce anything that exciting for me, but bless ’em for trying guess?
Peter McLaughlin, Embrace interesting ideas
Sam Atis, Beware Interesting Ideas