Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

The problem with experts

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month (Yes, a second one) We’re embarrassed to admit that, despite all of the hullabaloo over the past decade, we had never previously gotten around to reading The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable—a no-holds-barred vivisection of so-called experts. Taleb doesn’t shy …

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We’ve long been major fans of Dan Pink. His latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing lives up to Dan’s fantastic writing record. Right from the start, we were riveted to read of a ship sunk on a sunny afternoon within sight of shore—with over a thousand liv …

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Barb in San Francisco

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We received an awesome Christmas gift—How to Traumatize Your Children: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up Your Kids Deliberately and with Skill. By making fun, (in hilarious fashion) of common parental foibles, it also helps us keep in mind what good parenting really entai …

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Escaping the Ivory Tower

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We very much enjoyed Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, an eye-opening book on the world of olive oil.  We had a sense that olive oils were often mislabeled, but this book really opened our eyes about how “extra virgin first cold-pressed olive oil …

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Hit Lit–Top Ten Books & Learning Tools of 2017 for Learning How to Learners!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week As LHTLers know, we love biographies!  This week, we reread Jack Weatherford’s monumental Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which is one of our top two biographies of all time (our other top favorite biography is Robert Massie’s Peter the Great: His Life and W …

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Book of the Year: Why We Sleep

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Year Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,  is one of the most important books we have ever read.  If you read one book to help you with your learning (and life) this year, we think it should be Why We Sleep. It seems that every question we’ve ever wondered about …

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The great Leonardo da Vinci

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Everyone’s been talking about Walter Isaacson’s latest biography, Leonardo da Vinci, so we had to join the crowd and see what all the hullabaloo was about. (We’ll admit, we’ve previously tackled da Vinci biographies that ended up putting us to sleep, so we were excited to se …

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Green screen wizardry

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Wondering about Green Screen? Here’s a picture Barb took last week at the great MOOC-making studio at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. It captures the magic of green (and red!) screen in one seamless image.  Notice how the talent in the photograph is standing against a plain green backg …

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Barb in Brazil!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week: Great Ideas for Pursuing a Masters Degree Online! When some of the most prestigious business schools in the world began providing free versions of their courses online, Laurie Pickard (whose terrific ideas Barb featured in her latest book, Mindshift) saw an opportunity to ge …

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Red Notice

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month It can sometimes be important to step back and look at society’s impact on how we learn and grow.  Bill Browder’s magnificent best-seller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice tells the story of the impact of highest level corrupti …

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