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Club of Amsterdam - Shaping Your Future in the Knowledge Society. Our event will take inspiration and use elements of the THNK Forum format which is designed to deepen dialogue and elevate discussion by asking questions and re-framing issues to lead to surprising insights.

Club of Amsterdam - Shaping Your Future in the Knowledge Society

Beyond the lecture model The traditional way to impart knowledge has been the lecture and question-and-answer session. The message is usually completely fixed before it is communicated. Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed. This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works. By Maria Popova “The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way.”

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Were released in This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking, one of the year’s best psychology and philosophy books.

Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours - Industry Tap. By: David Russell Schilling | April 19th, 2013 Knowledge Doubling Curve Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century.

Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours - Industry Tap

By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year. Time has its "Person of the Year.

Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year

" Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year. The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking. By Maria Popova Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and common sense, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and openness. In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library) — the same indispensable volume that gave us Sagan’s timeless meditation on science and spirituality, published mere months before his death in 1996 — Sagan shares his secret to upholding the rites of reason, even in the face of society’s most shameless untruths and outrageous propaganda.


Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education. A SOLE-created initiative: is an online platform for unlocking the collective intelligence of communities.

Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education

By Luba Vangelova When helicopter search-and-rescue specialist David Dobias decided to switch careers, he read up on entrepreneurship and found a mentor, then an internship at a venture capital firm. What happened next surprised him. “I began rapidly learning subjects such as accounting and finance that I’d taken in college but had no interest in at the time, because they had no relevance,” he recalls.

“In three months, I learned more of value by working alongside other inspired people, than I had in the previous decade in the school system. The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education. What is the purpose of education?

The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education

To educate, to enable and to empower. It is to prepare its recipient for the world around and time ahead. The time ahead is one, where the world will be a constantly changing place, highly evolved yet highly challenging, where humanity will have to overcome unprecedented obstacles to continue its survival, continuity and progress. The next chapter of the human story is about mitigating the harm that the species has done to its world.

The chapter is about how humanity reverses the impacts of its actions or alters its own habits or methods of self-preservation, to keep human life going. ‘An Industry of Mediocrity’ U.S.

‘An Industry of Mediocrity’

Envoy Is Summoned by Germany Over Spying ReportDominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by CourtVatican Suspends German Bishop Accused of Lavish Spending on HimselfAnger Growing Among Allies on U.S. SpyingPirates Abduct Two Americans on Oil Ship Off Nigerian CoastTibetans Call China’s Policies at Tourist Spot Tacit but StiflingCriticism of United States’ Mideast Policy Increasingly Comes From AlliesA Royal Christening in Britain Amid a Refrain of CoosAllegation of U.S. Spying on Merkel Puts Obama at CrossroadsGermany and France Propose Talks With U.S. to Rein In SpyingIndignation Over U.S. Is Music the Key to Success? Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement.

Is Music the Key to Success?

But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields? The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. The Recruiter's Tale - On Hiring. In a recent column, I asked the question, “Who is driving the online locomotive?”

The Recruiter's Tale - On Hiring

—in other words, who exactly is pushing the idea of offering more and more (not to mention bigger and bigger) online classes? Because that’s certainly where higher education seems to be headed. I concluded that the people who hire college graduates are not among the culprits, citing a recent Chronicle survey in which prospective employers reported positive impressions of all types of higher-education institutions—except for online colleges. The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times. As the times accelerate and we face ever more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly, extremely well. That practice has no better exemplar and proponent than Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid-Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman.

Not surprisingly, he has made himself adept at compelling presentations, this one prepared especially for the Long Now audience. This Database Lets You 3D Print and Explore Thousands of Fossils. The United States, Falling Behind. 8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025. New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create whole new categories of employment. Innovation causes a churn in the job market, and this time around the churn is particularly large--from cheap sensors (creating "an Internet of things") to 3-D printing (enabling more distributed manufacturing).

Sparks & Honey, a New York trend-spotting firm, has a wall in its office where staff can post imaginative next-generation jobs. Below are eight of them, with narration from CEO Terry Young (who previously appeared here talking about health care). "Life-logging" will be a way of life, affecting how we record and remember what we do. Virginia’s religious exemption for school attendance is too broad. HERE IS what is required of parents who receive a religious exemption in Virginia to keep their children out of public school: nothing.

Unlike parents who home-school their children as an educational alternative, families who opt out of public schools for religious reasons don’t have to provide any evidence that they are qualified to give instruction. They don’t have to report what subjects they will teach or,significantly, demonstrate that their children are learning. Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs. At first glance, "Feminism and Technology" sounds like another massive open online open course. The course will involve video components, and will be available online to anyone, with no charge. There are paths to credit, and it's fine for students to take the course without seeking credit. An international student body is expected. But don't look for this course in any MOOC catalog. "Feminism and Technology" is trying to take a few MOOC elements, but then to change them in ways consistent with feminist pedagogy to create a distributed open collaborative course or DOCC (pronounced "dock").

RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection. How I got my A-levels at a virtual school - video. John Domokos, Kate Stanforth was on course for top marks in her A-levels when suddenly she was forced to leave school after getting ME (myalgic encephalopathy). After a long battle for her health, today she collects her A-level results in maths and textiles.

Kate is one of a small but growing number attending 'virtual schools' - using online, real-time teaching. Nisai, in Stockton-on-Tees, is one of the companies trying to introduce the concept to the UK, but funding is scarce. Author, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. False memories generated in lab mice - life - 22 March 2012. Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics. [1307.1310] The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum physics. A Test to Measure How Rational You Really Are. The future of education technology.

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? American Educational History Timeline. Timeline of US Education. Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama. 8 Punctuation Marks that we desperately need. Transcript: Lawrence Lessig on “Aaron’s Laws – Law and Justice in a Digital Age”: Section I. Power of Art: Can music help treat children with attention disorders? Writing Rules: Jack Kerouac’s Rules for Spontaneous Prose. The Amygdala Made Me Do It. Competitive intelligence and strategic surprises: Why monitoring weak signals is not the right approach « Silberzahn & Jones. Wendell E. Berry Lecture. Wendell Berry Quotes (Author of Jayber Crow) World Happiness Report: Success can’t just be measured in dollars and cents.

Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages - tech - 28 March 2012. A Picture of Language. Rhetological Fallacies. Scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white. Culturomics Looks at the Birth and Death of Words. Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert - video. With New Tool, Wants To Replace Powerpoint With Infographics.