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Danger: Prevention Has Risks of Its Own

Posted in Assumptions, Children, Education, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Paradox, Quiz, Quotes, Risk, See What Isn't There

Did you know that after childproof lids on medicine bottles were introduced, it led to a significant increase in the number of child poisonings? The reason is because parents became less careful about keeping the bottles away from their children. I am all for taking preventative action — especially to protect kids — but we…

Stop Thinking About Creativity

Posted in Assumptions, Creativity, Innovation, Less is More, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning

Maybe the reason you're not creative is because you are thinking too much or too hard. Try not thinking. Free your mind. Unlearn. A cup can only be filled with nourishment when it is empty. A related post on unlearning and creativity: Creativity Isn't All in Your Head

An Idea So Bad It’s Good

Posted in Ambiguity, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon, recently had a brilliant article in the Wall Street Journal in which he explained how he sometimes jump starts his creative process by employing "the bad version." Here's how he explains the idea:  I spent some time working in the television industry, and I learned a technique…

Underground Unlearning

Posted in Assumptions, Energy, General, Metaphor, Quiz, Science, See What Isn't There, Wisdom

"Clearly there is a lot going on deep in the Earth that is completely unknown to science." So concludes this fascinating article in The Economist on, of all things, carbon. Did you know, for example, that although carbon is critical to life on earth the scientific community has no idea of how much of the…

The Consumer as an Invisible Innovator

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Culture, General, Innovation, Listen, New Cards, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

My last few posts may have seemed trivial to some readers. After all, who cares whether you see "a tiger in a jungle" or "a jungle with a tiger" or, alternatively, whether there is "a fly in your soup" or "your soup has a fly in it." Alas, I just stumbled across a wonderful article…

Teaching Kids to Live in a Multiple Answer World

Posted in Assumptions, Children, Creativity, Education, Future, Intelligence, Kindergarten, Parenting, TED

Ken Robinson (the presenter of one of the best TED talks I have ever seen) has, with the help of the fine folks at RSA Animate, produced another short video on the importance of rethinking–or unlearning–how we educate our children. I highly recommend it.  

Do Stop Believin’

Posted in Assumptions, Beliefs, Change, Culture, Education, Science, Unlearn Strategy

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” –Francis Bacon Question: True or false: Hypnosis is useful in helping witnesses accurately recall the details of crimes? False. Hypnosis helps people recall more information but not more accurate information. Yet, according to a scientific study, sixty-one percent of people still falsely hold this belief…

I’ll Drink to a New Approach to Underage Drinking

Posted in Advertising, Assumptions, Drugs, Education, Health Care, Marketing, Mental Health, See What Isn't There, Way We See the Problem

Like many people, I consumed my fair share of alcohol in college. Now that I'm a parent and my own kids are approaching high school age, I have a decidedly more conservative perspective on the consumption of "adult beverages." The one thing I am convinced won't work is relentless lecturing about the many risks associated…

If It Goes Without Saying … Question it.

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Culture, Example, Happiness, Listen, Love, Parenting, Questions, Quiz, Religious, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

It is a curious phrase: It goes without saying. If it really "goes without saying," should you need to say "it goes without saying"? On a deeper level, though, I do believe it is worth exploring those things which truly "go without saying" in our relationships, in our workplace, and in our life. For example:…


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