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Unlearning “Land Bridges”: A Lesson for Scientists

Posted in Culture, Energy, General, Health Care, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Unlearn Strategy

In relative terms, the field of plate tectonics is still fairly new — becoming widely accepted only in the mid-1960’s. The idea that massive continents could have drifted apart over millions of years was, however, first expounded on by an amateur American geologist, Frank Bursley, in 1908. Bursley was struck by how the shape between…



Unlearn Experience: Cultivate a Beginner’s Mind

Posted in Business, General, Innovation, Marketing, Media, Philosophy, Quotes, Unlearn Strategy

Thomas Huxley once encouraged people to: "Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.” I really like this quote because we can all benefit a great deal from "thinking like a child.” A…


Unlearning 101: Lesson #4: Start Seeing Black Swans

Posted in Anti-Library, Black Swans, General, Philosophy, Unlearning 101 Episodes

In honor of David Hume, today's addition to the anti-library is his book, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Related Posts Unlearning 101: Lesson 1 Unlearning 101: Lesson 2 Unlearning 101: Lesson 3


Unlearn Your Mindset

Posted in Aging, Books, Creativity, Culture, Education, General, Health Care, Innovation, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Quotes

"Much of what we think we believe, we learned as a child, and to lead a fuller life you should never stop questioning what you do and looking at things in a new light." — Ellen Langer Until yesterday, I had no idea who Ellen Langer was. Now, I find myself wanting to purchase her…


Unlearn Your Way to Wisdom

Posted in Philosophy, Quotes

It always pleased the Master to hear people recognize their ignorance. "Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance," he claimed. When asked for an explanation, he said, "When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today."                 – Anthony…


Unlearning the Five Stages of Grief

Posted in Culture, Philosophy, Religion

I first studiedElisabeth Kubler-Ross' "five stages of grief" in high school. Since then, I have accepted her theory. As Michael Shermer suggests in this articlein Scientific American there is little evidentiary support for her thesis. Part of the problem, I believe, is that people like to make life more tidy than it actually is. For…


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….


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