Clarke’s three laws 4

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* Clarke’s Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea — in science, politics, art, or whatever — seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases:

(1) “It’s completely impossible — don’t waste my time”;
(2) “It’s possible, but it’s not worth doing”;
(3) “I said it was a good idea all along.”

— The Promise of Space (1968); This and similar statements attributed to Mahatma Gandhi and J. B. S. Haldane may ultimately be derived from a statement attibuted to Arthur Schopenhauer:

All truth passes through three stages.

First it is ridiculed.
Second it is violently opposed.
And third it is accepted as self-evident.

— As quoted in Seeds of Peace : A Catalogue of Quotations (1986) by Jeanne Larson, Madge Micheels-Cyrus, p. 244

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2010.06.21 Monday ACHK

馬拉松

Timetable for high school study 10.3.1

這段改篇自 2010 年 2 月 7 日的對話。

3 hours 理科
1 hour 語文
1 hour
3 hours 文科

我當年的高考科目是 physics(物理)、pure maths(純數學)和 applied maths(應用數學)。三科也是「理科」,所以我溫習時不能如我所願:一文一理。我所能做的,就是把它們不斷循環:

physics –> pure maths –> applied maths –> physics –> pure maths –> applied maths –> …

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 hours Physics Applied Maths
1 hour Language Language Language Language Language
1 hour
3 hours Pure Maths
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 hours Physics Applied Maths Pure Maths
1 hour Language Language Language Language Language
1 hour
3 hours Pure Maths Physics Applied Maths

然後,「語文科目」也不斷循環:

中文 –> 英文 –> 中文 –> 英文 –> …

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 hours Physics Applied Maths Pure Maths Physics Applied Maths
1 hour Chinese English Chinese English Chinese
1 hour
3 hours Pure Maths Physics Applied Maths Pure Maths Physics

「不斷循環」的好處是,你不會長時間丟低任何一科。長時間丟低一科的話,當你要重新溫習該科時,你會很不舒服,因為很多細節都已經忘記了。溫習任何一科,也應好像「馬拉松」一樣,有些時候應該發力,有些時候不應發力,而改為緩步跑。但是,任何情況下,你也不應該停下來。停了之後再嘗試跑的話,你會格外辛苦。

— Me@2010.06.20

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