Alec Nevala-Lee

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Quote of the Day

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Marvin Minsky

If you like somebody’s work, just go and see them. However, don’t ask for their autograph. A lot of people come and ask me for my autograph—and it’s creepy. What I did is read everything they published first, and [corrected] them. That’s what they really want. Every smart person wants to be corrected, not admired.

Marvin Minsky, in a lecture at M.I.T.

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November 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. THIS! I always thought that I was weird for not wanting to be admired (in the ‘oh, so you’re a celebrity?’ way), but this explains my feelings so much better than I could. I want to meet others who inspire me and will challenge me to be better at what I do. Whether it’s to write, perform, or to just be an all around better person in this world.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Soprano Musings

    November 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

  2. Glad you liked it! I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of my heroes, and they’ve almost always been generous with their time.

    nevalalee

    November 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm


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