In praise of idlenss

What a lovely way to start off a quiet Saturday.

Lest you remain unconvinced of the innovation value of idleness, recall that both the web browser and napster were created by college students who were surely cutting classes at the time.

Protracted defense of laziness. This weekend’s Guardian has a long, fun excerpt from Tom Hodgkinson’s forthcoming “How To Be Idle.”

As Sherlock Holmes knew. Lolling around in his smoking jacket, puffing his pipe, Holmes would sit and ponder for hours on a tricky case. In one superb story, the opium-drenched The Man With The Twisted Lip, Holmes solves yet another case with ease. An incredulous Mr Plod character muses: “I wish I knew how you reach your results,” to which Holmes replies: “I reached this one by sitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shag.”

Rene Descartes, in the 17th century, was similarly addicted to inactivity. Indeed, it was absolutely at the centre of his philosophy. When young and studying with the Jesuits, he was unable to get up in the morning. They would throw buckets of cold water over him and he would turn over and go back to sleep.

Link [Boing Boing]

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