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The Need to Unlearn is Staring You in the Back of the Head

Posted in Intuition, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

I recently read Chris Chabris and Daniel Simon's excellent book, The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, and found myself unlearning a great deal. For a fun test, answer this question: Can you tell when someone is staring at you from behind? Now watch the video below. (For an explanation read the…


Crossing Over the Border of Unachievable Takes Practice

Posted in Creativity, Perfection, Unlearn Strategy

William "Red" Whittaker, a world-class roboticist, likes projects that "border on the unachievable." To cross this border, it's essential to first unlearn your idea of what's achievable. One strategy Whittaker employs is to "plunge into production by trial and error, rather than seeking the perfect design." In other words, Whittaker practices intentional imperfection.



Another Reason to Develop a Little Unconfidence

Posted in Confidence, Education, New Cards, Parenting, Science, Unlearn Strategy

Developing a healthy dose of unconfidence can be helpful in unlearning. Ironically, one of the things many U.S. students must unlearn is their high level confidence in their math and science scores. Did you know that although U.S. students have some of the lowest scores in math and science, they consistently rank highest in how…


An Antidisciplinary Approach to Learning — and Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Future, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Management, Problems into Opportunities, Robotics, Science, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

“One of the most important disciplines in the twenty-first will be no discipline at all,” writes Frank Moss in his new book, The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices—a new book about MIT’s Media Lab. So does this mean the hard disciplines of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering can be abandoned? Absolutely not. Instead, the school—whose stated mission…


A Turn-a-Round Question

Posted in Assumptions, Change, General, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Questions, See What Isn't There, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

"Do you have any other questions?" It is a common question. Usually, many of us answer "no." Sometimes this is because we really don't have any other questions but, other times, it is because we don't want to display our ignorance. In my quest to unlearn, however, I have recently been turning around the question…


Ignorance Isn’t Bliss But It May Hold the Key to Wisdom

Posted in Quotes, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – President John F. Kennedy Question: Where is the universe expanding to? The honest answer is that nobody is entirely sure. According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, the spacetime continuum cannot remain stationery and must either expand or contract; and, since there is no…


Unlearn Your Mind-Set and Adopt a Mind-Flex

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Future, Imagination, Innovation, Kindergarten, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Unlearn Strategy

I have read that when we are born our brains contain somewhere near one hundred billion neurons, and it can make a nearly infinite variety of possible connections–or neural pathways. As we grow older, however, we "pave" over many (or "hard-wire" if you will) of these neural pathways because they are so critical to our…


The Consumer as an Invisible Innovator

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Culture, General, Innovation, Listen, New Cards, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

My last few posts may have seemed trivial to some readers. After all, who cares whether you see "a tiger in a jungle" or "a jungle with a tiger" or, alternatively, whether there is "a fly in your soup" or "your soup has a fly in it." Alas, I just stumbled across a wonderful article…


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