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Keep an Open-Mind to Unlearning

Posted in Ambiguity, Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Behavior, Beliefs, Change, Creativity, Curiosity, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, Opposite May Also be True, The Way We See the Problem, Think Like a Child, Way We See the Problem

Are you open-minded? If so, when was the last time you changed your mind about a long-held belief? When was the last time you publicly admitted you were wrong? When was the last time you acknowledged that another person could look at the exact same thing and come to an equally valid — but opposite —…

Seeing What Isn’t There Can Change Your Thinking

Posted in Curiosity, Education, See What Isn't There

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article entitled Under the Influence: How the Group Changes What We Think. It reported that one reason college-age students drink more than they should is because "they don't see the behavior of the students who aren't drinking." For example, they don't see the kids who are studying…

Step Up to The Counter of Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Beliefs, Books, Business, Curiosity, Intuition, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Questions, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem

I enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which discusses the value of heeding your intuition. It's a powerful idea. Unfortunately, it is incomplete. Often our intuition is wrong. The problem with Gladwell's book is that it never provides a counter narrative. That is he never tells those stories of people who trusted…

Of Flexitarians, Knowmads and Twitter

Posted in Beliefs, Change, Culture, Curiosity, Example, Metaphor

I'll freely admit I'm just a wanderer in the world of social media but I love the new connections — to both people and ideas — that I derive from the medium. To this end, I recently asked @dougbecker what he meant by describing himself as a "flextarian" and he responded, "It's a loaded term,…

A Corny Idea

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Games, Illusion, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards

What do you see in the image to the right? If you are like most people you see a square made out of alternating rows of squares and circles. It is slightly more difficult to see the square as columns of alternating squares and circles. It is, of course, just a matter of perspective but…

Unlearn Your Mind-Set and Adopt a Mind-Flex

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Future, Imagination, Innovation, Kindergarten, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Unlearn Strategy

I have read that when we are born our brains contain somewhere near one hundred billion neurons, and it can make a nearly infinite variety of possible connections–or neural pathways. As we grow older, however, we "pave" over many (or "hard-wire" if you will) of these neural pathways because they are so critical to our…

Activate Your Imagination

Posted in Adult, Children, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Imagination, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parenting, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

One of the worst things an adult can do is criticize a child for having an "overactive imagination." From my perspective, now more than ever, the world needs more imagination. One solution: Begin criticizing adults for having "underactive" imaginations. Related Posts The Essential Element of Creativity Cultivate a Beginner's Mind

Think Inside-Out the Box

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Games, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parenting, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

A while back, I posed the question above. The most common answer is the one posted below. But if you really want to unlearn, I encourage you to keep searching for answers. The problem can actually be solved using only three lines. In fact, there is even a way to do it using only one…

The Heart of the Matter

Posted in Behavior, Beliefs, Creativity, Curiosity, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Wisdom

He doesn't think there is anything the matter with himbecause one of the things that is the matter with himis that he doesn't think there is anything the matter with him. This wonderful quote comes compliments of Inger Mewbern and her post Why You Might Be Stuck

Move Differently to Unlearn

Posted in Change, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Future, Games, Innovation, Music, Parenting, TED, Unlearn Strategy, Visual unlearning

Lately, I have been noticing an interesting trend: More people are paying attention to how physical movement affects learning. For example, the other day, the Wall Street Journal had a fascinating article about how handwriting can help improve idea composition and expression. Clive Thompson at Wired had a great piece on how drawing–and not writing–may…


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