Author Jurgen Appelo lambasted agile developers and IT workers in a blog post a while back, criticizing the Leanpub platform for writers, authors and publishers. Continue reading IT Workers Are Not as Inept as Jurgen Appelo Makes Them Out to Be: Response to His Criticism of Leanpub
Tools for discovering high quality scholarly documents have improved. Academic search tools like Google Scholar build on pre-Internet library search techniques. ResearchGate and Academia.edu have facilitated content discovery. However, these services have not adequately kept pace with the proliferation of journals and articles.
Continue reading RSS Feeds for Google Scholar, ResearchGate and Academia.edu: Missing Features
Meta-effectiveness, or developing oneself with practical and factual knowledge resources, is challenging enough. (Witness Cognitive Productivity.) But (how) can we, and should we develop ourselves with the art of others? Continue reading Re-Enter Billy Elliot Stage Left, Exit Britain Stage Right
Many British voters in the Brexit referendum seem to have failed to acquire, understand and/or assess information pertinent to their complex voting decision. Continue reading Brexit, Cognitive Productivity and the Diffuse Death of Expertise
Most of us crave new information. There are evolutionary reasons for this. However, in the modern world, “news” in its various insidious forms, is a dangerous source of distraction, even for people who strive to be proactive. So, here’s a particular source of distraction, and how to protect yourself from it.
Continue reading Swipe Without Exposing Yourself to Seductive Distractors on iOS
To execute on CogZest’s mission to help knowledge workers use cognitive science and technology to “Thrive in the Sea of Knowledge”, I’ve written an article for SharpBrains that explains the basics and benefits of productive practice.
For over 25 years, I’ve been making software fail. It’s not that I am a QA person, though I have often (as a side function) led QA efforts. And I don’t mean that I’ve been building failed software. I simply mean that I seem to discover, or cause the discovery of, more than my fair share of bugs.
I am currently developing two books. Their (recently changed) working titles are:
Continue reading Update on Upcoming Books: Getting Smarter and Discontinuities
Key idea. Cognitive scientists have embraced Hume, but to understand the mind, they must also take a Kantian perspective.