Surprises make us laugh, and surprises are what one would like to deliver.

Surprises make us laugh, and surprises are what one would like to deliver.

To some degree it is like learning history.

When you first read history, it is simply a whirl of names and dates. Nothing appears to stick. But the more you learn, the more hooks you have got for new facts to stick onto– which means you accumulate knowledge at what’s colloquially called an rate that is exponential. When you remember that Normans conquered England in 1066, it will catch your attention when you hear that other Normans conquered southern Italy at in regards to the time that is same. Which could make you wonder about Normandy, and take note when a third book mentions that Normans were not, like most of what exactly is now called France, tribes that flowed in since the Roman empire collapsed, but Vikings (norman = north man) who arrived four centuries later in 911. That makes it much easier to keep in mind that Dublin has also been established by Vikings in the 840s. Etc, etc squared.

Collecting surprises is a process that is similar.

The greater anomalies you have seen, the greater easily you will notice new ones. Read more