Cormac McCarthy’s first non-fiction writing

05/05/2017

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

How to Shift from Anti-Tech Type into Techor to Change to Anything Very Different?

Here’s an article Barb wrote that has become a hit on LinkedIn: “I was your basic anti-tech type; then I became an engineer. Here’s how I made the shift.”  If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can change and grow through learning, even if you feel like you’ll never be as good as the others you’re working with, this article is for you.  

This article is the basis for the book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, so if you love the article, you’ll love the book.  (And if you’ve already read the book, feel free to leave a review!)  Incidentally, here is the “This is the Author” podcast about the book, and also a link to the Audible version, which Barb read and which is proving very popular.)

Mindshift MOOC #1 in Personal Development on Class Central

Class Central’s great rating system helps you find MOOCs by category as well as by topic.  One of their biggest categories is Personal Development—where Mindshift is #1, and already has nearly 250 5-star reviews! (Here’s a brief article by Barb on the Coursera blog about the making of Mindshift.)

Cormac McCarthy’s First Non-Fiction Writingon the Neuroscience of the Unconscious

Techie-types may be interested in learning that Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy, one of the greatest English writers of modern times, originally trained as an engineer. It is possible to do a mindshift either to or from the humanities and the more analytical areas!

McCarthy is the author of such classics as All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men. (And yes, the latter book is the basis of the spooky movie with Javier Bardem.) Cormac just published his first nonfiction piece in the magazine Nautilus.  Your best place to start is with this introductory article in Quartz, “Cormac McCarthy explains the brutal, beautiful neuroscience of the unconscious.” This article leads you gently into Cormac’s intriguing style. Then go on to Cormac’s Nautilus article, here.  

Compelling Article on the Artistic Soul of Famed Neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Benjamin Ehrlich has written one of the best short articles we’ve ever read about our favorite scientist, Santiago Ramón y Cajal. [Hat tip, French Lead Nicole Charest.]  Ehrlich’s book, The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, looks fantastic, also—we’ve ordered a copy.

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

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