Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

Author: Richard Phillips Feynman, Ralph Leighton
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by f0e4c2f7   2022-02-18
Definitely not! If you act like a jerk it's not like that goes unnoticed either. Wouldn't you rather do business with companies that seem like they're generally trying to be helpful? Stripe is a good example. YC is a good example.

Frankly there is a shortage of companies like this, thats part of why you may feel this way.

This shortage makes it more valuable to operate with integrity.

Also it's just a much more fun way to live. What else are you going to do? Go around screwing people over all the time? At the end of the day you still have to live with yourself.

If you're looking for examples of this mindset I recommend reading Feynmann[0][1], How I Became The Honest Broker[2], and Various Diatribes from old hacker culture[3].

It's possible to play extremely hard and not be an asshole. It's called good sportsmanship. It's not required but it's entirely possible.





by wimagguc   2017-08-20
Feynman has many interesting stories about playing about with all sorts of stuff from picking locks to the Manhattan project. His book, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" is just a fantastic read:
by Trevor Redfern   2017-08-20

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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This book will inspire anyone to think and be original.

by jaredsohn   2017-08-19
Surely, he's joking about Mr. Feynman. (context:
by glurgh   2017-08-19
possibly because he existed "before PC"

Or more likely because the situation, context and Feynman's actions were highly dissimilar. If you haven't had a chance, take a look at the story in the original source, it's a lot more detailed than an aside in a PG essay.

by rohitarondekar   2017-08-19
I think you need to read this