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.
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. The question-and-answer session allows the audience to get clarification and to put in critical comments. But it is also often unfocused, because questions are dealt with haphazardly as they are raised.Going out of our comfort zone Participants ask the questions and structure the dialogue; they share the responsibility for an interesting outcome.
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.”
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?” 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.
By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year. Time has its "Person 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. 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.
Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher.
Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education. A SOLE-created initiative: Metamaps.cc is an online platform for unlocking the collective intelligence of communities.
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. The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education. What is the purpose 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. ‘An Industry of Mediocrity’ U.S.
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. Is Music the Key to Success? Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement.
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. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements. 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?”
—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. Of course, as I noted (and as several readers pointed out), there’s a big difference between getting an entire degree online and taking a few online courses en route to getting a degree. But employers’ general lack of regard for computer college suggests that they find the online-learning environment a bit suspect. 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. Learning to learn fast.
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). 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. 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. RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection. How I got my A-levels at a virtual school - video. 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. (Phys.org) —Relativity and quantum theory form the backbone of modern physics, but a group of physicists stresses that daily use of these theories can numb the sense of wonder at their immense empirical success.
[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. Why look at education? Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? Www.annenbergclassroom.org/Files/Documents/EducationPolicy.pdf. American Educational History Timeline. American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline Last updated April 16, 2014. Please note that I consistently check and update links on this page, but it is virtually impossible to keep them all current. 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? 5 March 2013Last updated at 10:58 ET By Jane O'Brien BBC News, Washington Could learning music help children with attention disorders? New research suggests playing a musical instrument improves the ability to focus attention. How music could be used as mental health medicine. 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) “Love the quick profit, the annual raise,vacation with pay. Want moreof everything ready-made. 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, Visual.ly Wants To Replace Powerpoint With Infographics.