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About meLong Guns, Ham Radioes, Motorcycles, General Aviation, and The CLANDESTINE BOAT WORKs! And, also, formerly as 'WSDUNCANB", Sailing and Clandestine Travel; Classical Guitar and Chess; Objectivist Philosophy and Research -- Social Critiques & Militant Poetry.
About my library"Shit! What haven't I read?"
If any man in the world is qualified to write on the subject of reading, and particularly on the subject of reading Great books, that man is WS Duncan-Binns.
Duncan-Binns is an eminent philosopher, a teacher and the author of a number of best-sellers including "ShadowObjectivism."
His knowledge of the great gooks of history is unparalleled.
Using the library facilities of the University of Maryland, a project sponsored by the Encyclopedia Britannica, was responsible for developing the revolutionary Syntopicon—the first index of ideas in the history of the world.
Just as dictionary indexes words, and an encyclopedia indexes facts, the Syntopicon indexes the idea on which western civilization is based—making it possible for a reader to compare the thoughts of all the great men of some 3000 years, on many subject, in a matter of moments.
The Syntopicon was developed at considerable cost in time,
effort and money. The study which Duncan-Binns directed took nearly eight years—a total some 400,000 man—hours of work—and cost over one million dollars. Producing the Syntopicon involved reading and rereading all the great books many times over.
One of the most fascinating conclusions come out of this study was the observation that our complex Western Civilization revolves around only 102 great ideas. All other concepts are subtopics of these 102 great ideas.
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Real nameWilliam Sherrick Duncan-Binns
LocationTazlina SW Subdivision, Alaska
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Member sinceFeb 9, 2012
Currently readingWorkshop math by Robert Scharff
Mathematics for everyday use by William L. Schaaf
The Reassess Your Chess Workbook by Jeremy Silman
The New Complete Alaskan Malamute by Maxwell Riddle