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Unlearning a Personal Perspective of the Holocaust

Posted in History, Poland, Visual unlearning

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. It was an enlightening experience and my 10 year-old daughter is now reading the diary of Anne Frank. Nevertheless, as I explained yesterday in this post on visual unlearning, often if data can be presented in a new way it can lead…

Erasing into the Future

Posted in Analogy, Culture, Education, Future, History, Quotes

  “Only the hand that erases can write the truth”. So wrote German theologian, philosopher and mystic Meister Eckardt more than 800 years ago. They are still good words to live by. In the middle of the 19th century, blackboards were all the rage. In fact, some universities, seeking to gain a competitive advantage, even…

Big Problems Don’t Always Require Big Fixes

Posted in Agriculture, Automobile, Books, Business, Creativity, Education, Energy, Government, History, Paradigm, Science, Stories, Unlearn Strategy

Big problems such as health care, feeding the world and addressing climate change don't necessarily require big solutions. In the 19th century, Ignaz Semmelweis helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women by getting doctors to wash their hands prior to assisting in the delivery of a new-born child. (Unfortunately, however, it still required the medical community…

Grow a “Knew” Perspective

Posted in Future, History, Unlearn Strategy

  "Fifteen hundred years ago, everyone knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everyone knew the world was flat and fifteen minute ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”  – Agent K, Men in Black   Question: In a poll in…

Unlearning from the Perspective of a Turkey

Posted in Analogy, Black Swans, General, History, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Being the day before Thanksgiving here in America, I thought I would recount a wonderful story from Nassim Taleb's outstanding book, The Black Swan:    "Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird's belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day…

An Unlearning Strategy: Training Your Mind to See What Isn’t There

Posted in Analogy, Aviation, Business, Creativity, Design, General, History, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Following up on yesterday's post, I invite you to look at the logo to the right. Undoubtedly, it is one you have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of times. How many of you, however, have ever noticed the arrow between the "E" and "x." It is a wonderful  example of negative space and I want you…

Unlearning College — For $99 a Month

Posted in Business, Culture, Education, Future, General, History, Innovation, Politics

Last month, I shared with you the story of the young woman who is suing her Alma Mater for $72,000 because she has failed to land a job. While opposed to the woman’s decision on political and philosophical grounds, I said at the time that it was a harbinger of things to come for colleges…

Cathy Davidson on Unlearning

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Design, Education, General, History, Innovation, Internet, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Telecommunications, Unlearn Strategy

Earlier today I came across a tweet from a person (@riverblindmusic) in New Zealand who said that my post the other day (To Unlearn Learn to Disenthrall) was keeping him (or her) awake as he wrote a new song based on the word. At the time, I thought it was just a cool example of…

Unlearn By Dispelling Old and New Ignorance

Posted in Aviation, Culture, Defense, Education, General, History, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Military_, Nanotechnology, Politics, Quotes, Science, Unlearn Strategy

In his famous speech at Rice University where he declared that it was America’s intention to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, President Kennedy said “the greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds,” adding that “the vast stretches of the unknown and the unanswered and the unfinished…

Learning to Unlearn

Posted in Books, Business, Current Affairs, Education, General, History, Jump the Curve, Marketing, Quotes, Unlearn Strategy

The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. —Alvin Toffler   In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. —Eric…


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