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Interesting Literacy Statistics

January 15, 2014


I’ve been reading through John Taylor Gatto’s Underground History of Education in America which was published in 2000. It has some interesting statistics on literacy rates in the US and other countries: During WWII (1939-1945) the military reported a 96% literacy rate among those applying for service During the Korean War (1950-1953) the military reported […]

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

June 11, 2012


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has a good description of the problem I see with so much education today: What’s really angering about instructions of this sort is that they imply there’s only one way to put the rotisserie together – their way. And that presumption wipes out all the creativity. Actually there […]

Pattern Recognition: At The Heart Of Entrepreneurship, Learning, And Puzzles

March 13, 2012


The main thesis behind Thinking Fast And Slow is that we utilize two systems of thinking. The first, System 1, requires very little energy and allows us to survive in a very complex world. At the heart of System 1 is pattern recognition that allows us to to instantly recognize a face, detect danger (a […]

Exhausted Learning

February 27, 2012


I had an interesting experience last night. I was on a flight home from a bachelor party and was completely drained. I couldn’t even muster the effort to read a book. Basically I was in TV zone. I love moments like this because they allow me to pay attention to what I am able to […]

Thinking Fast And Slow – An Excellent Read

February 21, 2012


I’m only halfway through this book, but it’s already proving to be one of the more complete and approachable psychology books I’ve ever read. The psychology it deals with isn’t about emotions or depression, but rather about how our brains take shortcuts based on patterns that are very useful to our survival, but can easily […]

Puzzle Mechanics Are Better Than Game Mechanics

January 5, 2012


I am becoming obsessed with the idea that puzzles may be one of the greatest motivational tools available to us, especially for learning, but also for many other things as well. I’m going to work my way through this thinking in this post, but it’s not particularly organized or pretty. Just a warning. Some thoughts: […]

Learning At Its Best – The Progress Principle

December 26, 2011


I just tried to teach my sister-in-law how to play the guitar. She initially struggled, unable to get her fingers to conform to simple chords and make it sound right. So we backed off on that and just had her try to get a clean note on a single string. She was able to do […]