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?





Business Writing



Job Interview


Social Interaction





Human Nature






Buying a car



Energy conservation

Building your own home

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Apr 2, 2009
>>How to make decisions, (weighting, deciding, moving on)..
>>How to prioritize and manage your time.
>>How to sew/ repair clothing.
>>How to be succinct.
>>How to network and remember people's names.
>> The impact / damage done to the body and brain chemistry by drugs and alcohol.
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Apr 2, 2009
>>Statistics - (80/20, Std Dev..)
>>Economics - (Supply and Demand...)
>>Taxes and Politics (i.e. top X% pays Y% of total taxes raised, what this means for tax "cuts" and "increase", i.e. who benefits and who does not, or cannot)
>>Cooking for dummies
>>How a Car Works / is Repaired (basic parts, names, mechanical functions, how the parts work)
>>First Aid: what to know/do in an emergency.
>>Manners, Civility, Common Courtesy (in driving, in walking down the street, in dealing with people).

Apr 2, 2009
Media, Capitalism, Feminism.

I know those are vague, but in media you can talk about neutrality, freedom of speech, audience etc etc.
Capitalism - freedom (ahem), trickle up/down economics, free trade, etc
Feminism - The 'other', 1st 2nd 3rd wave, abotion, !$%* sex and so on.
Apr 2, 2009
Government (how it's supposed to work vs. how it does work would be nice to include)
Foundations of the US
Home care
food storage & safety

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Apr 2, 2009
Given the results of the last blog, your book would be a over-night best seller with a single topic: Coping With a Dysfunctional Work Environment.

More seriously, the best way to handle this concept would be as a series ... along the lines of Blah Blah Blah for Dummies. That would justify skinny books. People will buy skinny books if they are part of series -- I'm surprised you didn't know that, Scott. ;-)

Apr 2, 2009
armpit hygiene (international)
pest extermination
email confirmation
reality television
Apr 2, 2009
Health Insurance/Medical Billing

(I work in a billing office, so it would be great if people really understood some things about their own insurance...or why things are billed the way they are.)
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Apr 2, 2009
Asymmetric warfare?
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Apr 2, 2009
I don't know how you missed computer systems in your list.


Murder & Espionage
Culinary Skills (Cooking 301)
Chaos Systems & Complexity
The Cosmos
Pre Industrial Revolution Weapons
The tipping point

I think you can choose a fantastica array of things you might want to speak about.

For instance, in my list take purple.
12 Concepts for purple:

It is a tertiary colour
It is made up of Blue & Red
It is a Royal colour (as in Royalty)

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Apr 2, 2009
Id like to see 12 rules for:

keeping fit
hosting a great party
learning a new skill (playing an instrument, wiring anything, I'm sure there must be a general trick to making it easier)
Apr 2, 2009
Economics & Globalization
Apr 2, 2009
I believe the reason you could only come up with 25 is because some of those items you came up with are very large groupings of smaller subjects. The items you are very comfortable with were small in scope. You listed 'Energy conservation' and 'Building your own home' rather than 'Construction'. Those that were less thought out and added to fill space were large in scope. You listed 'Sex' rather than 'Foreplay', 'Intercourse' and 'Birthing'. The narrow scope items are much more specific to a person's life and thus much more interesting. I'm not interested in construction because I'm not a carpenter, but I am interested in building my own home and conserving energy. While I am interested in sex, I (like most other people in the universe) believe there is nothing in my technique that needs improvement. However, I am quite interested in improving foreplay because that will lead to more sex. Once you drill down (pun intended) each large category you will most likely have enough subjects for the book.
Apr 2, 2009
Other various sciences (chemistry, biology, etc.)
Advanced Mathematics (basic calculus)
Car maintenance (oil changes?)
Apr 2, 2009
1. The nature of power structures / geopolitics 101: A rudimentary assessment of the forces shaping our world, with particular emphasis on the structure of modern business, the role of money in politics, and the financial foundation for most modern warfare.

2. Predominant social, scientific, and technological trends: A few months ago, I went through a period where I was asking a lot of strangers what they imagined the world would be like in 20 years... I was just curious as to the kind of future people foresaw. 60% of my answers were "that's funny, I've never wondered that before", 25% were "I think we have a good/terrible new president", and 10% were "I hope to be living in some country/state/city". Maybe 5% would try to actually answer when pressed. It absolutely stunned me that so few people actually ponder these issues, given that they make up a hearty slice of my cognitive pie chart. Maybe if people had the delusion of expertise, they'd give more consideration as to where this species is headed.
Apr 2, 2009
Managing your finances
How to write a will
How to manage stress
How to eat healthy
Apr 2, 2009
Self sufficiency
Green living
Obama's presidency
Politics (that would be a neat trick, if you could do it with the rule of 12!)
Apr 2, 2009
People. I never figured out how they work. I'm not so clueless as Dilbert seems to be in his dates, though, that's something.
Apr 2, 2009
Buying a house (a lot more common than building a house)
Picking a college
Recycling and other "green" things
Writing a book (and/or getting a book published)
Dating/How to meet people
Deciding on whether to marry someone (checklist of items to discuss or agree on, like children, housekeeping/chores, finance and religion)
Deciding factors for renting vs. buying a place to live
Choosing which politicians to vote for
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Apr 2, 2009
Buying a house
Health insurance
Auto insurance
Life insurance
Filing taxes
Changing a car tire

Also, please blog your twelve concepts for sex. haha.
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Apr 2, 2009
domestic finance
search engines
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