In this website – brain pickings, Maria Popova explores the idea of daydreaming. Clearly several acknowledged geniuses daydream/ed: Freud, Bell, Nin. The post talks about a book by Jerome Singer called The Inner World of Daydreaming. Singer describes 3 types of daydreaming: positive constructive daydreaming, guilty-dysphoric daydreaming, and obsessive reliving of trauma. The book is dated 1975 but two recent authors have reviewed the idea in Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming, to provide views on how daydreaming improves our lives.
In another post Popova describes how Lord Byron’s daughter (Ada Lovelace) and Charles Babbage constructed the idea of a computer. The astonishing and heart warming aspect of the post is that Lovelace’s mother tried desperately to train her daughter to avoid fantastical and nonsensical ideas so as to avoid being like her father. Quite by chance I watched The scandalous adventures of Lord Byron on dvd last night. Interesting fellow who did like to push boundaries.
“In 1843, Ada Lovelace — the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron — translated a scientific paper by Italian military engineer Luigi Menabrea titled Sketch of an Analytical Engine, adding seven footnotes to it. Together, they measured 65 pages — two and half times the length of Menabrea’s original text — and included the earliest complete computer program, becoming the first true paper on computer science and rendering Lovelace the world’s first computer programmer. She was twenty-seven”.
I’m very keen on this website at the moment for the wealth of ideas, information and tidbits.