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A Design Framing

June 7, 2015

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I’ve become obsessed with “framings” recently. By which I mean “putting a specific context around an idea that helps you think through it from a different perspective”. I’ve been designing TheBestListEver because I don’t have any professional designer to work with on this project. I’ve also wanted to improve my design skills for some time […]

Five Techniques To Help You Think More Deeply

June 27, 2014

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I recently stumbled across a great engineering blog post: Speeding Up Your Engineering Org, Part I: Beyond the Cost Center┬áMentality that got me thinking about the various techniques I’ve come to appreciate as strategies for deep thinking. By “deep thinking” I mean “the exploration of a topic beyond superficially available information”, so instead of thinking […]

Learning Is So Easy And So Valuable

April 28, 2014

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When you have a deep understanding of something (calculus, programming, yoga, etc) you likely notice two things: The knowledge or skill has a lot of value (you really appreciate understanding it) It’s not that hard to learn (it’s quite easy for you to explore and use it in your head) These two facts lead to […]

Traditional Education Is Like Arranged Marriage

April 20, 2014

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I have a theory that arranged marriages actually work relatively well if certain conditions are met: The society must be very supportive of the arranged marriage, almost pressuring the couple to make it work. The couple must believe in it and be committed to making it work. Both people getting married must never have met […]

Don’t Follow Your Passions, Take The Safe Road

April 17, 2014

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I continue to wrestle with the idea of letting my child do what ever she wants for her entire K – 12 education. All of the research I’ve done shows that students are more than capable of developing in to competent, successful adults who are happy with their lives without ever taking a class, doing […]

Learning Is fun. Don’t Force it. You’re Ruining It.

April 8, 2014

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We all know this. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, if you’re being forced to do it it will be less enjoyable. Best case scenario? You may still enjoy it, but you’ll be a little confused about whether you’re doing it for yourself or for someone else. That alone can be a significant distraction. When […]

You Can’t Predict The Future

March 25, 2014

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Human beings are terrible at predicting the future once you have a certain level of complexity. A great example of this is going on right now with the NCAA tournament, where there are a number of upsets, but very few people who have successfully predicted them: When Picking a Bracket, It’s Easier to Be Accurate […]