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I've blogged about my theory that you can appear to be an expert, at least to non-experts, on any topic for which you know the twelve basic concepts. Someone suggested I write a book with lots of topics and their twelve concepts. I like that idea except you would need about a hundred topics to make it work. I could only come up with 25 topics. What other subjects would you want to know at twelve concepts about? Or to put it another way, what topics do you wish OTHER people understood better?

Investing

Humor

Presentations

Design

Business Writing

Entrepreneurship

Creativity

Job Interview

Exercise

Social Interaction

Education

Diet

Sex

Media

Human Nature

Physics

Aging

Learning

Cooking

Travel

Buying a car

Health

Success

Energy conservation

Building your own home

 
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Apr 22, 2009
I notice that only one, in the 122 comments so far, has given "love" as a suggestion for the potential book. The same is true of "patience". I would have thought that given a new understanding of both of these that a few of the world's problems would appear more straightforward! Any more for anymore?
 
 
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Apr 8, 2009
Dog Training - This can cover everything from basic obedience to canine dominance hierarchies to communications etc. You might call it - How to have a well behaved dog.

Yoga - 12 things here should be cake.

 
 
Apr 7, 2009
Math
Economics (at least if they want to vote, or run for office)
History
Probability and statistics (in addition to other math)
Information theory
 
 
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Apr 6, 2009
Parenting (actually this is a topic I wish I'd understood better)

Soap carving

Driving

System design

Ergonomics

Spelling

STATISTICS

Trees

Camberwick Green

Skydiving

France

My trip to Florida

Gardening






 
 
Apr 6, 2009
My suggestions:

- The monetary system
- Evolution
- Religion
- Computer programming

Cheers
NBK
 
 
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Apr 6, 2009
1)World Politics
2) Office diplomacy
 
 
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Apr 5, 2009
Banking?

I think this would be a great idea given the public interest during this period, your experience with banking, and the fact that it's a rather intriguing industry.
 
 
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Apr 5, 2009
the chromatic scale
 
 
Apr 5, 2009
1. Not driving like a self centred lunatic even though you own a BMW car
2. Understanding women
Both equally impossible topics
 
 
Apr 5, 2009
Moist Robots
Sincerity
Sales
History, specifically, does history make men, or do men make history
Happiness
Randomness, in the sense that Nassim Nicholas Taleb uses the word


 
 
Apr 4, 2009
Logic, enough said.
 
 
Apr 4, 2009
Really, Scott, you should be writing a separate book about each one. People will buy anything with a catchy title and a number in the name. Why sell one book when you could sell a hundred?
 
 
Apr 4, 2009
1. Astronomy
2. Roller Skating
3. How to be a good pet owner
4. How to talk/manipulate to your wife
5. How to talk/manipulate to your girlfriend
6. How to determine the sex of your baby
7. How to own a restaurant
 
 
Apr 4, 2009
Foreign Relations and the Great Game of Nations
Household Finance (output should not exceed input)
Dating
Computer Software
Music
Thomas Paine
Philosophy
Religious Studies (as distinct from Theology)
Automechanics
Invention
Psychotherapy
Ballroom Dancing
Modern Boardgames (not just for kids)
History
Civics (rights and responsibilities)
Writing
Politics
Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens
Language (yours and the languages of others)
Mixology
First Aid
Firefighting
Police Work (or Forensics, but sans Hummers and designer clothes)
Military Science
Classics (Greeks, Romans, and others)
Food Production and Safety

Those are some topics that come to mind that having the masses better informed about would yield a society better off. It seems to me a lot of people have misconceptions about how their world works, how politics works, how nations really interact, and the roles of public servants and citizens. And of course, what modern educational methods have done to the teaching of history is much akin to the burning of the Great Library.

Mixology might seem an odd choice, but at least it would mean I could get a decent drink in more places and that would increase the overall happiness level considerably.
 
 
Apr 4, 2009
JoetheWebmaster comments that he is "very surprised that

Computers
Internet
Technology

were not mentioned."

Based on monitoring this blog for the past year, I'm guessing that if you could gather the collective knowledge on these three topics from the readers of this blog, you'd probably cover everything ever known about technology, plus a few thousand new ideas that are going change the world in the next decade or two.

I'm not sure how Scott does it because there is no filtering of comments, but somehow this blog attracts not only the best and brightest minds, he also somehow manages to NOT attract the moronic idiots that inundate every other blog.
 
 
Apr 4, 2009
Religion. How to create one, how to get followers, how to find people gullible enough to believe.
 
 
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Apr 3, 2009
Yard care
Home automation
Dealing with Headaches
Eye care (glasses, contacts, lasik, etc)
Sleep disorders
House siding
Buying a suit
Exercise equipment
Laundry
 
 
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Apr 3, 2009
Geology
Advertising
Hair bands of the 1980s
Cyberpunk authors
Astronomy
The American Revolution
The American Civil War
US Census
Statistics (yes, please!!!)
 
 
Apr 3, 2009
Based on how they seem to have been made overly-difficult:

Discretely hiring a prostitute when you're a "public figure."

Finding the most famous terrorist on earth.

Discretely selling a Senate seat.

Finding a decent quarterback for the Chicago Bears after Sid Luckman retired.

 
 
Apr 3, 2009
Nice quote Helen.trim. Probably the least perverted thoughts of the author on the subject of sex.
 
 
 
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