The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class

The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class

by David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim

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Overview

Now updated to reflect current events, this daily digest of intellectual challenge and learning will arouse curiosity, refresh knowledge, expand horizons, and keep the mind sharp.

Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection—collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same—a collection of 365 short lessons to inspire and invigorate every day of the year. Each daily digest of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music.

Impress your friends by explaining Plato's Cave Allegory, memorize Sonnet 18, and unlock the mystery of how batteries work. Daily readings range from important passages in literature to basic principles of physics, from pivotal events in history to images of famous paintings with accompanying analysis. The book's goal is to refresh knowledge we've forgotten, make new discoveries, and exercise modes of thinking that are ordinarily neglected once our school days are behind us. Offering an escape from the daily grind to contemplate higher things, The Intellectual Devotional is a great way to awaken in the morning or to revitalize the mind before retiring in the evening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435137646
Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/20/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 28,628
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David S. Kidder is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and author with a wide range of technology, product and services experience. He is the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, received Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and is the author of The Startup Playbook and New to Big. David lives in New York, with his wife and three sons.

Noah D. Oppenheim, a writer and journalist, is currently president of NBC News.  He is also a screenwriter and wrote the critically acclaimed film "Jackie."

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The Alphabet In circa 2000 BC, the Egyptian pharaohs realized they had a problem. With each military victory over their neighbors, they captured and enslaved more prisoners of war. But the Egyptians could not pass down written orders to these slaves as they could not read hieroglyphics.
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