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“The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” by Jonathan Haidt

Because our library is also effectively infinite—no one person can ever read more than a tiny fraction—we face the paradox of abundance: Quantity undermines the quality of our engagement. Like a rider on the back of an elephant, the conscious, … Continue reading

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“How We Learn” by Benedict Carey

Distractions can aid learning. Napping does, too. Quitting before a project is done: not all bad, as an almost done project lingers in memory far longer than one that is completed. Taking a test on a subject before you know … Continue reading

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“Dataclysm” by Christian Rudder

You’re a professor or postdoc who wants to push forward, so you take what’s called a “convenience sample”—and that means the students at your university. But it’s a big problem, especially when you’re researching belief and behavior. It even has … Continue reading

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“One Nation Under Taught” by Vince M. Bertram

There are points in this book that remind me a lot of “Nurture Shock” and “How Not to be Wrong.” Firstly, there needs to be a shift in the education culture where we no longer just measure a child’s academic … Continue reading

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“Make It Stick” by Peter C. Brown: Part Two

Interleaving is unpopular and seldom used. Teachers dislike it because it feel sluggish. Students find it confusing: they’re just starting to get a handle on new material and don’t feel on top o fit yet when they are forced to … Continue reading

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“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell

I’ve enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s writing, especially XXX“The Outliers”XXX and this book continues his approach of conveying his thoughts through stories and idioms. Much in this book deals with perception, or rather misperception of a situation. I’ve pointed out before through … Continue reading

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“Nurture Shock” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Part Two

Please see Part One of “NurtureShock”. This book continues with the childhood development themes of where our society has maybe taken our nurturing to an unhealthy level. What stands out as problems are: the districts who don’t give late-blooming children … Continue reading

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“The Richest Man in Babylon” by George Clason

How do we define “riches?” Learning was of two kinds: the one being the things we learned and know and the other being in the training that taught us how to find out what we did not know. You first … Continue reading

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More Rules of a Gentleman from Tumblr

Pulled out some more Rules of a Gentleman. Short pieces of advice like this are good reminders of what our ideal self would be if such a thing existed. Never underestimate the capacity of those close to you to betray … Continue reading

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