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Don’t Assume More Than You Do

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“… 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 thinking behind quote, more…

The Power of Being Wrong

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Later today, I’m addressing 200 senior executives of the Allina Hospital System in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The topic of my keynote presentation is “Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning.” I’ll cover a great many areas but I intend to begin my talk with a discussion about humility. There is, perhaps, no better place to…

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know!

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“When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don’t already know.” This is the question that Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, would routinely ask people he was interviewing in the early day’s of Google’s existence. It is an excellent question–and one I have recommended before–but, as this article points out, there…

Ask a New Question

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You can learn to unlearn by visualizing information different. You can also unlearn by listening for sounds you can't hear. I'd now like to remind you that one of the best ways to unlearn is to ask a new question or, better yet, ask the same question in a different way. You might think that…

To Unlearn, Take a First Step — Barefoot

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Fresh from a lengthy vacation in Mexico, I have now returned to the bitter cold of Minnesota and am geared up for another year — and decade — of unlearning. There is perhaps no better place to begin unlearning than one of my other passions — running.   As some of you may recall, I…

Unlearning 101: Lesson #24 — Unlearning Patterns

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“We are so good at seeing patterns that often we see them where none exist.” Anonymous Today’s addition to my anti-library is Eric Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom.” Related Post Unlearning 101: Lesson #17 — Unlearn Your Biases Unrelated Post You Don’t Know as Much as You Think You Do

Free Unlearning

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As an addendum to today's earlier 40-second video on unlearning the idea that free isn't always free. I'd like to offer a few more examples: 1. A "free" checking account may not be so free after all the hidden costs and fees are considered. 2. A mortage with no (or"free") closing costs may not be…

Unlearning from an Electronic Textbook

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Although I was a college student some 25 years ago, I can still recall the anger I felt at having to buy expensive new textbooks at the beginning of the semester, as well as the greater anger I felt when I then re-sold those books to the campus bookstore at the end of the semester…

Unlearning in the Courtroom

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Intel recently released details of a new generation "multi-core" chip. One implication of these powerful chips is that they will soon help users bridge the physical world with the virtual world. One possible application is that the chips — in combination with improved voice recognition technology — will allow small mobile devices to record witness…

Unlearning the Cellphone

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Nokia is offering a cool vision of the future of the cellphone. (I invite you to watch a short video of the phone here.) If the company is successful in building out its "Morph" phone, a great many manufacturers will need to unlearn their idea of what a cellphone should look like and how it…


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