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Study to Be Quiet

Posted in Blog, Quotes, Silence, Wisdom

Isaac Walton’s motto was “Study to be quiet.” It’s a wonderful saying and holds a great deal of wisdom. In this era of smartphones, email, Twitter, and 24-hour news, we all need some quiet time for reflection. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Being quiet is, surprisingly, hard. It requires work. It might even…

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Unlearning

Posted in Change, Quotes

“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Interested in other quotes on unlearning? Check out these older posts: 10 Quotes on Unlearning 20 More Quotes on Unlearning

Life’s Change Agent: Death

Posted in Death, Quotes, Wisdom

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s…

Master Unlearning

Posted in Business, Quotes

1. Master unlearning. One of the most difficult tasks for corporate innovators is to learn how to unlearn the legacy business models they have perfected. Often, maybe even always, companies take the standards they have for their current business and use that to measure the new model. Start unlearning by explicitly recognizing that these metrics…

Being in the “I Don’t Know.”

Posted in Ambiguity, Beliefs, Change, Curiosity, Future, I Don't Know, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Quotes, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearning Lesson, Wisdom

Everybody likes to be “in the know.” The problem with this is that it’s an impossible goal to achieve because knowledge is being created at an ever accelerating rate. This knowledge creation is a wonderful thing but it also implies that our ignorance is growing even faster (in the sense that it is impossible to…

A Man Unlearns

Posted in Beliefs, Change, Culture, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Quotes, Uncategorized, Wisdom

The following poem was written by an unknown monk living in the 11th century. It’s relevance to today is, however, undiminished. When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change…

Tolstoy on Unlearning

Posted in Experts, Quotes

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” Leo…

A Theory on Learning–and Unlearning

Posted in Education, Quotes, Unlearning Curve

Socrates once said that no theory of error can exist entirely outside a theory of truth. In this spirit, I'd like to suggest that no theory on learning can exist without a theory on unlearning. My theory on unlearning begins with this question: What don't I know?

Don’t Assume You More Than You Do

Posted in Anti-Library, Books, Change, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Life Sciences, Quotes, Science

"… he has persuaded me that we can solve many of our problems as long as we don't assume that we know more than we do." So concludes John Horgan in his insightful review of David Deutsch's new book, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Will Transform the World. I not only agree with the…

It’s Unavoidable: The Times are Still a Changin’

Posted in Change, Quotes

"The only sense that is common in the long run is the sense of change, and we all instinctively avoid it." E.B. White


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