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Step Up to The Counter of Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Beliefs, Books, Business, Curiosity, Intuition, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Questions, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem

I enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which discusses the value of heeding your intuition. It's a powerful idea. Unfortunately, it is incomplete. Often our intuition is wrong. The problem with Gladwell's book is that it never provides a counter narrative. That is he never tells those stories of people who trusted…

Being Wrong Feels Like Being Right

Posted in Adult, Beliefs, Books, Failure, Genomics, Intelligence, Kindergarten, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Psychology, TED

Below is a wonderful talk by Kathryn Schulz, self described "wrongologist" and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. I especially liked this statement of hers:"One of the problems with being wrong … is that it feels like being right." This is so true and it is one of the reasons…

It’s Official: We All Need to Unlearn

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Culture, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards

If you have ever rented a video/DVD just because it has won an obscure award from some international film festival, I think you'll appreciate the image (and the saying) to the right. It's easy to laugh at the truth of the statement but I believe we do the same with people. Did you know, for…

I’m Being Followed by a Moon … Illusion

Posted in Assumptions, Education, Example, Illusion, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards, Paradox, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

By sheer luck, my family and I walked up the steps of the Eiffel Tower on the evening of March 19, 2011 — the night of the “Super Moon.” The view was spectacular as a large red orb arose over the Parisian skyline. If you would have asked me whether the moon was closer to…

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…

A Positive Spin on Negative Emotions

Posted in Behavior, General, Happiness, Kindergarten, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Spiritual, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

Have you ever considered that true happiness isn't found in the accumulation of more positive emotional experiences — such as buying a new pair of shoes, taking a cool vacation, buying a new car, securing a better job or finding a more attractive partner — but rather in the simple act letting go of the…

Shop in Reverse

Posted in Behavior, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parenting, Retail

Next time you need to go shopping for a new wardrobe, try this little trick: Shop in reverse. Instead of buying the most expensive item first (say a suit or a dress), buy the least expensive item first (i.e. socks or underwear). Why? It might save you some money. It is a well-known fact that…

Two Words

Posted in Ambiguity, Beliefs, General, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Philosophy, The Way We See the Problem, Visual unlearning, Wisdom

Ying     Yang Black     White Up         Down Right    Left East    West North    South Open     Close Right     Wrong Learn    Unlearn  

Danger: Prevention Has Risks of Its Own

Posted in Assumptions, Children, Education, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Paradox, Quiz, Quotes, Risk, See What Isn't There

Did you know that after childproof lids on medicine bottles were introduced, it led to a significant increase in the number of child poisonings? The reason is because parents became less careful about keeping the bottles away from their children. I am all for taking preventative action — especially to protect kids — but we…

Stop Thinking About Creativity

Posted in Assumptions, Creativity, Innovation, Less is More, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning

Maybe the reason you're not creative is because you are thinking too much or too hard. Try not thinking. Free your mind. Unlearn. A cup can only be filled with nourishment when it is empty. A related post on unlearning and creativity: Creativity Isn't All in Your Head


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