• Heraclitus – Nimis Obscurē now available here as a .pdf or on both Amazon and iTunes in both digital and paperback formats.

     

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    Thinking Different 1997–2018

    Thinking Excellently 2014–2018 • Writing Well 2018 –

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    I am making good progress on both the new, lesson-based Heraclitus exposition "I Searched Myself" and with "Power to The People," which I've been neglecting for some time but have found renewed enthusiasm by keeping away from Twitter.

    Heraclitus, Socrates, Philosophy, History, Think Different

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    Heraclitus, Socrates, Philosophy, History, Think Different

    I Searched Myself – Heraclitus, Socrates and Thinking Excellently by Ross Coburn

     

    I would give all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs

     

    Work in progress. Extensive revision and reimagining of my first book, Heraclitus – Nimis Obscurē.

     

    How Apple’s brilliant founder’s wish nearly came true, and how another of his well-known offerings, encouraging people to Think Different, led the author to, in time and tragically too late, trip over Heraclitus of Ephesus, the so-called ‘Nimis Obscurē’ or ‘too obscure’ Ancient Greek philosopher and, in recognizing himself in that seminal mind’s words subsequently earned an understanding of what it means to Think Excellently, as Heraclitus intended.

     

    However late in coming to the table, this book offers the reader not only a definitive take on Heraclitus’ meanings, but also an unexpected glimpse into the mind, methods and influences on none other than Socrates himself.

     

    Of particular interest is his intention in coining the term Lógos, or Reason, as having some deeper meaning, both to himself and to those philosophers, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, who followed him and, in laying the foundation of Western thinking, comprise perhaps the most exclusive fraternity in history, are his thoughts on wisdom, understanding, teaching and learning, and the nature of and limits inherent in knowledge.

     

    The author offers his own insights and perspective on the nature of prejudice, the danger in being too highly educated and the role of philosophy in modern life. Also exploring new teaching methods making use of both the cranky Ancient Greek’s lessons and his own experiences with alternative ways of learning in an attempt to pass on Heraclitus’ intended teachings and so provide readers with the complete tool set needed to Think Excellently.

     

    These hard-earned insights, made possible only through the Internet and Jobs’ Macintosh computers, bring this narrative full circle to finish with a few reflections on these Insanely Great inventions and the man behind them.

     

    This third and final attempt to encapsulate all of my insights where those two Ancient Greeks of note are concerned. I also present my own thoughts on those and other related notions such as the nature of prejudice, the phenomenon I refer to as cognitive locking, and the dangers inherent in being either too well-educated or overly secure in ones' sense of self-knowledge.

  • About The Author

    Much Ado About?

    My name is Ross Coburn. I am a writer, self-publisher and aspiring social media founder from Montréal, Québec, Canada.

     

    I am also neuro-atypical, being both on the Autism spectrum (opinions vary as to just where and any diagnosis came much too late in my life to matter much in any event, other than to give friends and family cause to nod sagely and tell me they're not surprised), Hyperlexic, which ordinarily wouldn't be of much use once I did learn to read and write, however unusually early in life (age two) but, in my case, I suspect might play a role in some of my lingually slurvy talents, and saddled with other interesting labels such as BPD and social anxiety disorder.

     

    None of which explains, at least not to anyone else's satisfaction, it seems, my by now predictable talent for putting together widely disparate facts and concepts in new and apparently occasionally significant or relevant ways.

     

    As to my actual writing talent, it isn't what it should be, considering my vocabulary and love for language, but I have developed bad habits over time and am currently working to break them, so that I might have better luck being recognized and taken as seriously as my subject matter merits.

     

    More to come, but there's only so much being about me I can stand in one sitting.

  • My Miao Find Friend Flirt Online Dating Community Messenger App Translation Google Microsoft Real-Time Women Oriented

    My Online Venture

    My Miao is a project I would like to launch, a venture into online businesses with socially-conscious values and an unapologetic philosophy of embracing everyone, whatever their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political, cultural or religious beliefs, etc., as long as they respect others equally in turn.

     

    If you'd like to learn more, please use the contact form at the bottom of this site or email me at ross@my-miao.com. There's a fair bit I haven't shared on the site, in the interests of not giving everything away for free, but I am pretty confident that I can show how and where and why My Miao will be the next iteration of certain social media niches and very confident that I have, or can design her to be all she could be, and to communicate that vision effectively to coders, graphists, etc.

     

    I am particularly interested in meeting potential co-founders and/or mentors, and of course possible investors would not be unwelcome. I believe that for modest initial funding, followed by a very reasonable seed round once partially established, that My Miao can reasonably target low ten-digit annual revenues, with room to grow as the market(s) do, within a year or two of launch. It's about design and staying lean, curious and clever, with vision and values properly aligned, not reinventing any unnecessary wheels, technologically speaking.

  • Scattered Notions

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    These books (and my blog) represent the current extent of my ambitions as a writer. I hope they will find their audiences and spark some form of lasting discussions, involving minds brighter than mine and voices more eloquent.

    America, History, Politics, Social Change, Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, Revolution, Constitution, Patriot, Patriotism

    Power to The People

    Work in progress

    Co-Authored With Thomas Jefferson.

     

    Narrative look at America today through the lens of Thomas Jefferson's quoted thoughts on a wide range of relevant and timely topics, with further commentary from the author’s perspective and modern point of view.

     

    An unflinching, informed and unbiased take on the issues at the forefront of current affairs, and several which should be, Power to the People is a love letter of sorts, written to the people of a once-great nation in the hope that an injection of much-needed context and perspective might contribute to a new American Revolution.

     

    Includes an exhumation of America’s seemingly forgotten early cultural heritage and its place, if any, in the current public dialogue.

     

    PATRIOT
    noun

    “A person of integrity who is proud of and loyal to their country.”

    Michelangelo, Writing, Art, Philosophy, History, Social Change, Think Different

    Il Divino, Michelangelo’s Famous Lesson

    Working title and cover

    I am very aware just how much I might appear to be presuming when I suggest that I have certain insights into Michelangelo – my closest equivalent to a God – and his intentions. I struggled long and hard with the notion of offering anything relating to Il Divino for public perusal but in time I grew more confident.

     

    If I see something, it is because it was meant to be seen by the greatest communicator in human history.

     

    My humble insights into Renaissance artist and singular thinker Michelangelo's famous lesson, as manifested by his sculpture David, with regards to the type of mind he considered possibly worth his time to teach and one intensely personal way in which that mind manifests today, as well as a narrative take on his famous painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling frescoes.

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