Ben Franklin’s original Poor Richard’s Almanack was a “mixture of seasonal weather forecasts, practical household hints, puzzles, and other amusements…” along with a lot of witty wordplay, colorful colloquialisms and Franklin’s favorite aphorisms, such as:
“There are no gains without pains.”
“You may think, perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little more entertainment now and then can be no great matter but remember what Poor Richard says “Many a little makes a mickle; beware of little expense for a small leak will sink a great ship.”
The Almanack has become a treasure of Americana, republished in many formats at many times. You may enjoy spending some time with original versions of Poor Richard’s Almanack, authored under the pseudonym of “Richard Saunders”:
Poor Richard’s Almanack 2.0 (PRA 2.0) is my attempt to illustrate various subjects related to human cognition, behavior, and opinion in the context of current events, popular culture, and the weather in as witty and sarcastic a style as I can. A recurrent theme will be that most human error can be attributed to some form of bad mental hygiene. Before we can save our world we must heal ourselves. Unfortunately our leaders and activists, along with all the rest of us, are a few marbles short of being self-aware, rational agents.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his 1750 Poor Richard’s Almanac that “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” (Quoted in “Know Thyself’ — Easier Said Than Done” by the Association for Psychological Science)
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In addition to the weather, household tips, folk wisdom, and insights into human nature and mental health in general, featured subjects include:
- Logical fallacies (see category: Fallacy of the day)
- Cognitive biases (see category: Cognitive bias of the day)
- Implicit associations
- Information quality control
- Predictable Irrationality
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Evolutionary Religious Studies
- Ideological Fundamentalism
- Intentional Community
- Economic vs political activism
- Human cognitive re-engineering
- Climate change
This blog is dedicated to the memory and rational example of Benjamin Franklin, and to Dr. Thomas J. Sandy, PsyD, who challenged me to “write something”...