9 Tactics for Rapid Learning (That Most People Have Never Heard Of) Whenever the subject of why some people learn faster comes up, I get a whole host of common answers: Some people are just naturally smart. (Often implying you can’t improve)Everyone is “smart” in their own way. There may be some truth to these claims. Considering the upcoming launch of my rapid learning program, I wanted to share my favorite tactics to learn faster, retain information better or just enjoy the process of learning more: #1 – Pegging (or How Mental Magicians can Perfectly Recall Hundreds of Numbers) One of my favorite learning tactics, that is rarely mentioned, is pegging. The systems I’ve seen typically work with a special cheat sheet. From there, you can translate any series of numbers into a series of letters. Then, once you have your string of nouns, you just need to create a story that combines each of the nouns in a sequence. Here’s a quick way to separate the rapid learners from the average learners. Benny Lewis became fluent in eight languages in under a decade.
Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education by Maria Popova On the value of cultivating the capacity to seek the significant. In this talk based on his presentation at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in January, philosopher, linguist, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky — easily one of our time’s sharpest thinkers — discusses the purpose of education. Despite the slow pace and the cheesy AfterEffects animated typography, the video is a treasure trove of insight on everything from the role of technology to the pitfalls of policy. On the industrialization of education, echoing Sir Ken Robinson’s admonition about its effects on creativity: There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. On technology: Technology is basically neutral. On the whimsy of inquiry: ↬ @openculture
Why We Love: 5 Must-Read Books on the Psychology of Love It’s often said that every song, every poem, every novel, every painting ever created is in some way “about” love. What this really means is that love is a central theme, an underlying preoccupation, in humanity’s greatest works. But what exactly is love? How does its mechanism spur such poeticism, and how does it lodge itself in our minds, hearts and souls so completely, so stubbornly, as to permeate every aspect of the human imagination? Today, we turn to 5 essential books that are “about” love in a different way — they turn an inquisitive lens towards this grand phenomenon and try to understand where it comes from, how it works, and what it means for the human condition. No superlative is an exaggeration of Alain de Botton‘s humble brilliance spanning everything from philosophy to architecture. Every fall into love involves [to adapt Oscar Wilde] the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. Sample her work with this fantastic TED talk on the brain in love: Is love really blind?
101 Tips on How to Become More Creative 36Share Synopsis Tips to change your usual mental thinking patterns. 1. Take a walk and look for something interesting. 2. Make metaphorical-analogical connections between that something interesting and your problem. 3. Michael Michalko is the author of the highly acclaimed Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques; Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius; ThinkPak: A Brainstorming Card Deck and Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work. Tags: create, creative, creative suggestions, creative thinking, creativity, idea triggers, ideas, inspiration Augmented Reality: LEAP Motion | Beyond The Beyond *Oh lordy. Realtime motion-tracking to one hundredth of a millimeter? For seventy bucks? Whaah? “Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard. “Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. “This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. “This is like day one of the mouse. *Reality-check time… Hmmm, LEAP would appear to be actual, if as-yet-unreleased, product: “This week, Leap Motion, a San Francisco-based startup, unveils its Leap 3D motion control system. “Leap, which was founded in 2010, has had investors excited for at least a little while–the company announced $12.75 million in Series A funding a few weeks ago–but it’s only now that they’re letting the rest of us in on the fun. “It might seem as though with a technology with such transformative potential, a hardware breakthrough must have made it fundamentally possible. via @industwetrust
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7 Characteristics Of Future Learning Reading, in terms of scale and diversity, is different than it used to be. Thinking, in terms of context and application, is also different. It makes since that learning is also changing–becoming more entrepreneurial than directly didactic. That is, more learner-centered and controlled than teacher-and-report-card controlled. The presentation below by Steven Wheeler explores some of the shifts occurring in our digital age. Architecture of Participation: 7 Characteristics of Future Learning Also interesting was the “architecture of participation,” supercharged by social media and characterized by: CollaboratingTaggingVotingNetworkingUser-Generated ContentToolsSharing Social factors are coming to dominate learners’ interaction with text and other media, making a kind of communal constructivism perhaps the single-most fundamental trend in “future learning.” Communal Constructivism for a larger learning community…(and) wider disciplinary arenas.”
The Smiley Book of Colors By Maria Popova When Freud came to believe he was going to die between the ages of 61 and 62, and subsequently began seeing the two numbers everywhere he looked, which only intensifying the urgency of his superstition, he came to observe the value of selective attention in focusing the unconscious. But what if we engineered this selective attention purposefully and aligned it with our emotional and mental well-being? That’s exactly what photographer, children’s author, and educator Ruth Kaiser did in 2008, when she began seeing smiley faces everywhere she turned. For the past four years, she has been collecting and sharing photographs “found” everyday smileys in the Spontaneous Smiley Project — an exercise in self-induced feel-goodness, inviting others to upload their own photos and donating $1 for each uploaded photo to Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Skeptical, still?
Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming Q: Are there any techniques that could help me brainstorm? -- Kai Prout A: When I took part in attempts to set speed records for hot air ballooning across the oceans in the '80s and '90s, we got into some sticky situations. For me, the term "brainstorm" always brings back memories of flying a hot air balloon 30,000 feet above the earth into the eye of a very different kind of storm. In those terrifying, exhilarating moments, our team desperately racked our brains, trying to work out how to survive. While not every brainstorming session involves making life-and-death choices, the principle is the same. 1. Related: 3 Ways to Think Outside the Box 2. Enjoy a change of scenery for at least for half an hour before you start working, and remember to take breaks. 3. Related: The Biggest Mistake Small Businesses Make in Brainstorming 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. While I have discussed here the importance of brainstorming and listening to and learning from others, I often also act on impulse.
The Benjamin Franklin Effect The Misconception: You do nice things for the people you like and bad things to the people you hate. The Truth: You grow to like people for whom you do nice things and hate people you harm. Benjamin Franklin knew how to deal with haters. Born in 1706 as the eighth of 17 children to a Massachusetts soap and candlestick maker, the chances Benjamin would go on to become a gentleman, scholar, scientist, statesman, musician, author, publisher and all-around general bad-ass were astronomically low, yet he did just that and more because he was a master of the game of personal politics. Like many people full of drive and intelligence born into a low station, Franklin developed strong people skills and social powers. All else denied, the analytical mind will pick apart behavior, and Franklin became adroit at human relations. Franklin’s prospects were dim. At 17, Franklin left Boston and started his own printing business In Philadelphia. What exactly happened here? Let’s start with your attitudes.
Your brain on multitasking « What's in your wake? | Main | My First ETech Comments » Your brain on multitasking If you're a programmer, you know that context-switching in a multi-threaded system isn't 100% free. And although there have been plenty of studies to show otherwise, the belief that multitasking will let us get more done continues. Our brains can't do even two independent things that require conscious thought, especially if those two things involve different goals. With each context switch, say, from the phone conversation to the email, there's a hit. So if you're stressed for time, do everything you can to resist the seemingly-intuitive notion that doing several things at once will save time. But imagine what it would be like if every time your co-worker, friend, spouse, lover, child wanted to say something to you and you turned and gave that person all your attention. One tip: the brain finds it almost impossible to not turn to look at a television that's on (more on that in another post). TrackBack Raj
Future of learning: obsolescence of knowledge, return to real teaching The future of learning is far more than new devices, digital content and online classrooms. It means potentially rewritten relationships between students and information, teachers and instruction, and schools and society. In a short documentary released Tuesday, telecom giant Ericsson pulls together observations from leading voices in education technology and entrepreneurship to give a high-level snapshot of what the future of education could look like and how technology is leading it there. The 20-minute film, called the Future of Learning, which is part of the company’s ongoing Networked Society project, is particularly timely given the momentum behind online education platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera, adaptive learning technology from Knewton and the transition to digital textbooks. It includes commentary from Knewton founder and CEO Jose Ferreira and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller explaining how their startups are shaping the new world of education.
Going Solo: A Brief History of Living Alone and the Enduring Social Stigma Around Singletons by Maria Popova “Despite its prevalence, living alone is one of the least discussed and, consequently, most poorly understood issues of our time.” In the 4th century BC, Aristotle admonished: The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god. Indeed, the ancient world held exile as the most formidable form of punishment, second only to execution, though in Greek tragedies it was often regarded as a fate worse than death. The nuclear family is a universal human social grouping. Yet our relationship with solitary life has undergone a radical shift in the recent past. Until recently, most of us married young and parted only at death. Klinenberg paints an even more vivid picture by the numbers: In 1950, 22 percent of American adults were single. Klinenberg puts it thusly: Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr