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Don’t read this blog.

January 12, 2016


If you want to maximize your learning-per-reading-time, you should probably forget about my blog and read Farnam Street. I like learning about cognition, learning, and productivity; Shane Parrish at Farnam Street seems to live a life immersed in such learning, and does a great job of boiling it down for brief presentation. If you must stick around here, though, […]

The use of incoherent fragments

October 15, 2015


When I started this blog, it was a tentative thing–a platform whose significance I downplayed, but one through which I secretly hoped I’d accomplish something world-changing. I didn’t know what, but after all…who really needs just another “data dump” made public? I wanted to write valuable things, important things, things that earned respect. Writing content that’s worth […]

More on “testing to learn”

October 27, 2014


Today, I stumbled on this 2011 New York Times article on testing as a learning tool. It seemed worth posting as a follow-up to my recent “Test to learn” post.

Make It Stick: Test to learn

October 24, 2014


This post is one of an (intended) collection interacting with the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. All in the collection are linked from the Introduction post. [Edited to add, a few days after initial post: this New York Times article is an interesting read on the subject.] Test…to learn? First–please forget about standardized testing and […]

Synthesize, don’t harmonize.

October 29, 2011


It goes by many names–the false dichotomy, the either/or when you should be thinking both/and, first things and second things. We have a mental weakness–we’re fine with exposure to various ideas, but we want them to combine into perfectly harmonized chords. Perhaps we should be trying to synthesize ideas rather than to harmonize them. To synthesize literally […]

One Big Thing

October 13, 2011


Part of the reason that I am/will be blogging about books I read is to force myself to process them more deeply than I often do. Today, I thought of another tool that might be helpful: the “One Big Thing”. “One Big Thing” is a phrase stolen from Immunity to Change. That book tells the […]

Digital Reading

October 11, 2011


I’m a convert. I’m an evangelist. And…I’m a skeptic. I’m rapidly going digital in practice and preference, and yet I’m wistful about the things my Kindling leaves behind. Several years ago, I was working overseas for a number of months. It was then that I realized how much I missed my reading materials. Sure, I […]