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How Can People (and Businesses) Unlearn

Posted in Anti-Library, Business, Creativity, Culture, Education, General, History, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Sports, Stories, Unlearn Strategy

Yesterday, I wrote this post entitled "Why Businesses Must Unlearn." Shortly thereafter a thoughtful reader posed this question: "I like this idea of an organization doing some top-down "unlearning" of bad habits. But what new habits do they develop and put in place — how do you get a seasoned exec that's devoted to a…

Unlearning the Nature of War

Posted in Black Swans, Books, Computer Industry, Defense, History, Internet, Military_, Neuroscience, Politics, Quotes, Robotics, Terrorism

In 2005, I wrote a book on General George C. Marshall entitled "Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall." One of my favorite quotes of Marshall’s is the advice he pounded into the heads of his junior officers: "Study the first six months of the next war." It was great advice in the…

If You Want to Win: Practice Your Unlearning Game

Posted in Algorithms, Analogy, Culture, Games, History, Sports, Stories

On December 30, 1936, over 17,000 fans packed into the old Madison Square Garden to watch Long Island University, the country’s top-ranked basketball team, take on Stanford. It was slated to be a great game. Long Island was putting up its 43-game winning streak up against the reigning Pacific Coast Conference champions. More than that,…

Study Carneades

Posted in Analogy, Black Swans, Culture, Education, General, History, Philosophy, Politics, Science

”I have what I call an iron prescription that helps me keep sane when I naturally drift toward preferring one ideology over another and that is: I say that I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the argument against my position better than the people who support it….

Unlearning Barriers

Posted in Analogy, Culture, General, History, Sports, Stories

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Although it is a myth that physiologists considered the barrier physically impossible, what is interesting to consider is this: By 1957 another 16 runners had also accomplished the feat. In other words, it does appear the sub…

Unlearning Death

Posted in Aging, Analogy, Black Swans, Catholic Church, General, Health Care, History, Jump the Curve, Religious, Stories

In 1899, just a few years before the Wright brothers achieved their historic accomplishment, Lord Kelvin — then one of the world’s brightest men and most accomplished scientists — declared heavier than air machines to be "impossible." He was wrong. To add insult to injury, Lord Kelvin was proved wrong by a pair of bicycle…

Unlearning Learning

Posted in Culture, Education, Games, History, Jump the Curve, Robotics, Software, Virtual reality, Web 2.0

When contemplating the future, people need to keep a very open mind about what might be possible. Consider this article which describes how researchers at UC San Diego are developing facial recognition technology that can recognize if a person is having trouble understanding an educational lesson—say in mathematics or biology. As the technology continues to…

Unlearning the Written Word

Posted in Agriculture, Books, Business, Computer Industry, Education, General, History, Legal, Marketing, Media, Newspaper, Paper

What if I told you that you could improve your reading comprehension rate by 20 percent. Would you do it? Since you are reading this blog, my guess is that the answer would be "yes." Well, you can, but it will require that you unlearn how you currently access the written word. I recently wrote…

Change or Die … Unnecessarily

Posted in Aviation, Current Affairs, Defense, History, Military_

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting review of the new book, Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel. It is a history of the world’s first machine gun. Interestingly, although the gun was patented during the Civil War and Mr. Gatling urged the Union Army to adopt it — arguing that it would "save lives, wounds and…


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