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Unlearning Lesson #17: Do the Math Until it Doesn’t Add Up

Posted in Unlearning

 “Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is – oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate.” –Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland  Question #17: Which is greater: 1 or 2? What about 100 or 10,000? The correct answer is that it…


Unlearning Lesson #16: Bet Against Yourself

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“Don’t wanna learn from nobody what I gotta unlearn.” –Bob Dylan Question #16: Which of the following characteristics has a higher correlation to the success of a Hollywood movie: the involvement of a famous movie star or the location(s) where the movie is shot? The answer, to the surprise and chagrin of many Hollywood producers, is…


Unlearning Lesson #15: Cast a Narrow Net

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden Question #15: (This is a two-part question and you will need a pencil, a single piece of paper and a timer.) Part 1) In 20 seconds, list all of the white things you can think of. (Read no further and make…


Unlearning Lesson #14: The Grass Isn’t Greener on the Other Side

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“He who hesitates because he feels inferior is being surpassed by those who are busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” –Henry Link Question #14: Are there more words that begin with the letter “K” or which have “K” as their third letter? With words such as kangaroo, kitchen and kite readily springing to mind it…


Unlearning Lesson #13: Practice Intentional Imperfection

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“Perfecting oneself is as much unlearning as it is learning.” –Dijikstra Question #13: If a poor man can make one cigarette from six butts, how many can he make from thirty-six butts? Seven. He makes six cigarettes, smokes them, and uses the six new butts to make a seventh cigarette. In the rush to calculate the…


The Future Requires Reverse Mentors

Posted in Creativity, Unlearning

For some time now, I have been advocating (here and here) the idea of getting a reverse mentor. (In fact, I even have a reverse mentor. His name is Simon Anderson and he is one of the most promising young futurists I know.) Why a reverse mentor? The world is moving so fast that it…


Healthcare Futurist Jack Uldrich on "Unlearning"

Posted in Future, Unlearning

Here’s a link to a 15-minute presentation I recently delivered to United Healthcare. The title of my talk was “Why the Future of Healthcare Will Require Unlearning.”


Unlearning Lesson #12: Think Small

Posted in Unlearning

“If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must employ methods never before attempted.” –Sir Francis Bacon Question #12: If the average temperature of the earth increases due to global climate change, what will be the primary cause of rising sea levels? Did you say melting ice caps and glaciers? Wrong. While it’s true…


Future Unlearning

Posted in Future, Unlearning

In my new book, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite lessons for Achieving a Successful Future, I argue that unlearning will be one of the most critical skills of the future. To understand why this is the case just consider the emerging field of data mining and business analytics where IBM’s Watson can now sift through the…


Unlearning Lesson #11: If It Goes Without Saying, Question It

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“We only hear those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Question #11: Why does it get hotter in the summer? In the late 1980’s, for the production of a movie entitled A Private Universe, the filmmakers posited this question to 23 graduating seniors of Harvard University. Twenty-one (21)…



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