Tonight, I will moderate a humanist meeting on “Self-directed Learning with Fiction”. Here’s the blurb:
For the most part, we process (“consume”) fiction, in its various forms, for divertisement. But fiction sometimes comes with a false bill of goods: that we will (somehow) learn (something) from it; we will walk away from the experience a better person. The promissory note is sometimes issued by the marketers of art. But it also figures in serious psychology of fiction. I have some cautions to add to this tale. And I would like to propose an exercise to help readers reflect on the transformational potential of fiction, and art more generally.
Who would argue with this: “Learning is good in itself. The quality of performance —in work and personal endeavours — depends largely on prior learning”? Hence we should learn deliberately, and optimally. Now, if we are to devise better ways of learning, would it not help to have some explicit understanding of the different ways in which we can learn, or develop? I think so.
Defence attorney, Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, put Colonel Nathan Jessup on the stand with the aim of provoking him to disclose that he had ordered the Code Red.
Continue reading What Can Be Learned from a Few Good Men that Trump Did Not?
Deep work is how brains produce value with knowledge. Thus, those who are better able to engage in deep work tend to generate more value. On average, they will be better able to protect their jobs, obtain promotions, generate sales, and make more money.
Beyond creating and editing projects in personal project management software like OmniFocus and Things, one needs to know how much time one has sunk into one’s projects. However, a major limitation of those apps is that they do not provide time tracking functions.
Continue reading Time-Tracking and OmniFocus: Screencasts for the mySelfQuantifier System
I remember reading an article a few years ago about Warren Buffett purchasing local newspapers. Buffett said that whereas large newspapers are under pressure, there will long be a viable need for community newspapers. I concur. Moreover, many communities, like mine, are fortunate to have excellent journalists working hard to cover stories that matter, or ought to matter, to them.
Seven years after Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows rang alarm bells that the Internet is ‘rewiring’ our brains, sources of distraction continue to proliferate. Yet there is still no consensus on how to respond. Continue reading Two Responses to the Shallows: Deep Work and Cognitive Productivity
I’ve published several web pages on mySelfQuantifier, which is a self-quantification project I alluded to in part 3 of Cognitive Productivity. While time-tracking is its typical application, it is a general, yet simple, contribution to the Quantified Self movement.