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  1. #1 Hobbies and Science 
    Forum Radioactive Isotope zinjanthropos's Avatar
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    Judging by this story, it seems great scientists of the past pursued hobbies that allowed them time to ponder their primary interest. I wonder if a secondary passion is common for all great thinkers.

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    Forum Radioactive Isotope cosmictraveler's Avatar
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    I wonder if a secondary passion is common for all great thinkers.
    I would think that most people have other things to do besides their primary job. I don't know if it would be a "passion" type of interest but they probably enjoy whatever it is they do.

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    I read that great thinkers, especially geniuses, are always looking for novel things to do to spark their interest and curiosity.
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    Thomas Jefferson's violin playing and keen interest in science and architecture for example.
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    That is an interesting list of hobbies.
    Sometimes it goes the other way, for example Goethe was an author, a poet, and a politician. His hobby was science and he did some excellent work as a scientist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    J I wonder if a secondary passion is common for all great thinkers.
    The great, powerful, and magnificent genius L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of Dianetics, dabbled in science fiction writing. A great thinker, bar none.
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    Most on the list were engaging hobbies, so they wouldn't afford slack to ponder other things. I'm surprised, because - like Zinjanthropos - I believe repetitive or automatic activity (e.g. knitting) promotes long unbroken thoughts.
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