Unexpected Wisdom: Some Interesting Articles From Interesting PlacesMay 8th, 2008 · 3 comments
Gone for the Weekend
I’m leaving this afternoon for a three day trip. This means no Friday post and I might be a little slow moderating comments. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with a few interesting articles that I found in some unexpected sources.
(I might also suggest that you go back over Dan Pink’s interview from Wednesday and review what he said about “fundamental” versus “instrumental” interests. I’m increasingly impressed by the idea, and I think there is a lot of wisdom packed into those few sentences.)
See you Monday!
Interesting articles from unexpected sources (at least, “unexpected” for a student advice blog):
- Can you become a creature of new habits? | The New York Times
The gray lady tackles the biology of habits and how to form new ones.
- Want to remember everything you’ve ever learned? | Wired
A fascinating article about a scientist who figured out how to make humans into master memorizing machines — and was then, ironically, forgotten. I’ll probably deal with the specifics of this research in a later post, but definitely worth a read. (Hat Tip: Ramit).
- Getting to the point of “I can do this!” | Ben Casnocha
Ben recently posted some ideas from a conversation he and I have been waging over the past few weeks. I’m interested in your thoughts. More details will probably be forthcoming in later posts.
- The new learning that failed | The New Criterion
I have my issues with the New Criterion crowd, but their writing is always quality and their ideas always, at the very least, provocative. This is an interesting essay from their recent education issue. It tackles the role of the classics in a liberal arts education. Food for thought when considering your own course of study.
- My brain on booze | Technology Review
Speaking of liberal arts education: what’s really going on in your mind during your Saturday night buzz? Researchers uncover surprising answers…