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Hello again!

In an effort to get myself updating again, I attempted a simple research project. I spend a good portion of my free time playing video games, but I also spend  much of it in random information gathering. Those of you who interact with me frequently will attest to my penchant for trivia. I keep my random knowledge stocked through incessant wiki-jumping, reddit discussions, and many journals, news aggregates, and links that my friends post. I won’t claim that any of my research could be deemed ‘scholarly,’ per se, but most are enough to grant me a cursory knowledge about the topic.

To give any readers a glimpse into my hungry and scattered mind, I decided to log my research topics for a week. I do need to clarify that I only noted topics that I researched via desktop computing and from internet sources and Wikipedia. I did not include the Reddit AMAs, ELI5s and science discussions that I love so much, nor did I catalog the links that I followed from the blogs/texts/social media of my friends. I also omitted ‘silly’ research topics, including Civilization: Beyond Earth lore and coding, Star Citizen in-universe ship and equipment brochures and company charters, and other data from universes that are lamentably unreal. I had a hard enough time keeping track of what I did, and my input from those sources would have left me spending more time in annotation than research.

Without further ado:

Monday

  • Poto and Cabengo
  • Idioglossia
  • Cryptophasia
  • Phonology
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Digital Infinity
  • Intension
  • Turing Machine
  • Roman Jakobson
  • Linguistics Wars
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Poverty of the Stimulus
  • Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously
  • Moore’s Paradox
  • Ferdinand de Saussure
  • Axiom of Categoricity
  • Phoneme
  • Optimality Theory
  • Twin
  • Chimera (genetics)
  • Topsy (elephant)
  • Kinetoscope
  • Mutoscope

Tuesday

  • Barcelona
  • Kingdom of Aragon
  • Crown of Aragon
  • Polity
  • Thalassocracy
  • Republic of Ragusa
  • Hanseatic League
  • Groningen
  • Adler von Lübeck
  • Saracen
  • Cartography
  • Ptolemy’s World Map
  • Fictitious Entry
  • Bing
  • Google Chrome
  • Trap Street
  • Petty Kingdom
  • Morganatic Marriage
  • Catherine the Great
  • Gatchina
  • Neoclassicism
  • Catalan Self-determination Referendum 2014
  • Laïcité
  • Kirpan
  • Sant Sipahi
  • Secular State
  • Quiet Revolution
  • Cégep
  • Stetson
  • Boss of the Plains
  • Calamity Jane
  • Nostalgia
  • Saudade
  • Mono no Aware
  • Memento Mori
  • Sehnsucht
  • Wabi-sabi
  • The Pilgrim’s Regress
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Wittgenstein’s Poker
  • The Lost Road and Other Writings
  • Brave New World
  • Hypnopædia
  • Cassini-Huygens
  • The Day the Earth Smiled
  • Saturn’s Hexagon
  • Sport

Wednesday

  • Vulcanoid Asteroids
  • Clearing the Neighborhood
  • Plutinos
  • Protoplanet
  • Fusor
  • Planetar
  • Planetary Differentiation
  • Siderophile Elements
  • Goldschmidt Classification
  • Pi Bonding
  • Pegmatite
  • Corundum
  • Mesoplanet
  • Dwarf Wheat
  • Cereal
  • Corn Smut
  • Succotash
  • Seed Drill
  • Norman Borlaug
  • Green Revolution
  • Agroecology
  • Silviculture
  • Violence in Sports
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Hooliganism
  • Politics and Sports
  • Athletic Scholarship
  • Jock (athlete)
  • Sociology of Sport

Thursday

  • Thrust Vectoring
  • Gimbal
  • VTOL
  • Cyclogyro
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Porter (beer)
  • Baltic Porter
  • Aging Barrel
  • Drunkard’s Cloak
  • Cask Ale
  • Containerization
  • Break Bulk Cargo
  • Malaccamax
  • Porter (carrier)
  • Rigid Airship
  • Hermeneutics
  • Theophysics
  • Natural Theology
  • Theistic Evolution
  • Special Creation
  • Omega Point
  • Supertask
  • Posthuman God
  • Catastrophism
  • Immanuel Veilkovsky
  • Compatibilism
  • Hominization
  • Ensoulment
  • Mitochondrial Eve
  • Homo Floresiensis
  • Microcephaly
  • Cretinism
  • Brain-Computer Interface

Friday

  • Seikilos Epitaph
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Whole Brain Emulation
  • Ship of Theseus
  • Action Potential
  • Voltage-gated Ion Channel
  • Loligo Vulgaris
  • Artificial Neural Network
  • Life Extension
  • Calorie Restriction
  • Connectomics
  • Emergence
  • Supervenience
  • Meta-ethics
  • Swarm Behavior
  • Selfish Herd Theory
  • Traffic Wave
  • Soliton
  • Philosophical Zombie
  • Modus Tollens
  • Qualia
  • Mary’s Room (Knowledge Argument)
  • Subvocalization
  • Cognitive Load
  • Fundamental Attribution Error
  • Chunking (psychology)
  • Mangalitsa

Whew! To help make sense of this, please know that these topics are not necessarily listed in the same order in which I researched them. I attempted to place each article below the article from which I opened the window, but this isn’t universal. Also, I generally read any article in its entirety before closing a page. I will admit to skimming sometimes, but not often. My skimming isn’t nearly as quick (or ostensibly as helpful) as I imagine it is for others, as even if I read only snippets of a paragraph, I usually re-read the paragraph as I bounce up and down the page.

After getting all of these lined-up and neat-looking, I spent some time interpreting the data. Some of my notes:

  1. I generally start each day’s research focusing on a topic that I found myself considering the previous night. I generally do less out-and-out research in the evenings, and instead spend time thinking more abstractly on whichever topics piqued my interest that day. I noted that for some topics, I found myself researching specifics in the morning concerning vague concepts I contemplated the previous night.
    For instance, on the previous Sunday evening, I had been considering language development after talking with my friend Mike (Who is a proud new father!) Upon some initial browsing Monday morning, I read about Poto and Cabengo on my Language metareddit. My early research that morning focused around linguistic whatnot, and evolved through the day into similar topics.
  2. I generally keep to a couple or few general themes during a day, with an occasional off-shoot or two. Looking at Thursday’s topics, I can trace some basic threads through Brewing and into shipping and commerce in theory, and later jumping to the reconciliation of theology and cosmology, with rocketry guidance and brain interfacing as micro-topics.
  3. I tend to gravitate from the specific to the vague within topics. Maybe from the micro to the macro, or from a case to the reason. This most likely stems from the initial sources that catch my attention, eventually giving way to my curiosity of the peripheral topics and ‘why?’ of each idea. On Wednesday, I wiki’d the city of Barcelona on a whim, and ended up reading though much of the history of Aragonia and the Hanseatic League, including other politics of the time.

That’s it for now; I hope this kind of raw data interests some of you, or perhaps allows you a closer glimpse into the chasm of Emgee’s wandering mind. Please let me know what you think or if you note any other trends!

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