Some people never set sail because they are convinced they have already arrived. This is true in both the big and the small things in our lives. I was reminded of this fact after reading this fascinating article in the New York Times magazine, The Data Driven Life.
The story is chalkful of examples of how people are using data to change small personal habits — everything from reducing the amount of caffeinated coffee they drink to improving their infant child's language skills — but I especially liked this line: data "includes answers to questions [we] have not yet thought to ask."
If learning begins with a good question, perhaps unlearning needs to begin with an answer — and we can then work backwards from there to ask that question which we have not yet thought to ask.