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Unlearn By Dispelling Old and New Ignorance

Posted in Aviation, Culture, Defense, Education, General, History, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Military_, Nanotechnology, Politics, Quotes, Science, Unlearn Strategy

In his famous speech at Rice University where he declared that it was America’s intention to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, President Kennedy said “the greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds,” adding that “the vast stretches of the unknown and the unanswered and the unfinished…


Take a Course in Unlearning

Posted in Analogy, Business, Creativity, Culture, Education, General, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Neuroscience, Publishing, Stories, Unlearn Strategy

At the end of yesterday's post on learning to unlearning, I posed the following question: How does one learn a new gestalt? To begin a person must start by unlearning some things. But what things do we unlearn? For our purposes, a good place to start might be to imagine what a course on unlearning what…


Learning to Unlearn

Posted in Books, Business, Current Affairs, Education, General, History, Jump the Curve, Marketing, Quotes, Unlearn Strategy

The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. —Alvin Toffler   In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. —Eric…


Unlearning the Future

Posted in Aging, Automobile, Business, Culture, Current Affairs, Defense, Education, Future, General, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Politics, Science, Unlearn Strategy, Zenzizenzizenzic

Carl Sagan once advised the public to “never underestimate the power of exponential.” It was sound advice. Unfortunately, as with so much other wise counsel, it is easy to dismiss. You shouldn’t. Consider just a few recent examples of exponential growth. In 1998, a small Silicon Valley start-up was conducting 25 million web-based searches a…


Is It Time to Unlearn the Scientific Method?

Posted in Education, Genomics, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Science

Last summer, Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired, wrote an excellent article entitled "The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes Scientific Method Obsolete” in which he convincingly argued that massive amounts of data, in combination with sophisticated algorithms and super powerful computers, offer mankind a whole new way of understanding the world. Anderson believes…


What If Society Has to Unlearn Death?

Posted in Black Swans, Culture, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Religion, Zenzizenzizenzic

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 repairmen from Dayton, Ohio….


Unlearning Disease

Posted in Business, Culture, General, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Jump the Curve, Unlearn Strategy

With all of the information now pulsing around us, it is easy to forget that “we don’t know what we don’t know.” I constantly try to remind my clients in the health care sector of this simple fact. A case-in-point is the extraordinary strides being made in the field of genomics—which, due to accelerating gene…


Learning to Unlearn: A Case Study

Posted in Business, Computer Industry, Creativity, General, Health Care, Jump the Curve, Stories

In my 2008 book, Jump the Curve, I dedicated an entire chapter to the topic of “unlearning.” It is my contention that the pace of technological change is occuring so fast that not only it is essential people learn new skills, they must also dedicate an equal amount of time to unlearning old skills and…


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…


Did You Know We’ll All Have to Unlearn

Posted in General, Jump the Curve, Zenzizenzizenzic

Parlaying off my earlier post today about why businesses must unlearn, I invite you to watch this popular 5-minute video entitled "Did You Know" which documents a few amazing trends and highlights some important elements about today's accelerating pace of change. It emphasizes why all of us will need to continue to unlearn and why…


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