Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Dec 2, 2016

5th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Books of the Week

We have a “double-header” this week of two books to recommend. The first is the unusually titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson. We love the cover description, which notes: “Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.” Haven’t you always wanted to figure out what you should be caring about, so you can shrug off the less important stuff? As we’ve discovered, this book helps you learn how to do that.

Our second book this week is strongly recommended by Kevin Mendez, our Learning How to Learn illustrator (and Barb’s son-in-law!). It is My Life & Work, which is the autobiography of Henry Ford. Kevin observes: “It’s incredible how far ahead of his time Henry Ford was. What we now attribute to modern Silicon Valley tech startups was often first implemented by Henry Ford. These include a myriad of approaches, such as not having job titles, going for a semi flat organization, placing emphasis on the whole user experience, and not hiring sales people based on sales commissions but instead, paying them well for customer satisfaction. Many of Elon Musk’s Tesla approaches were pre-dated by Henry Ford. I think Henry Ford is way underestimated and way understudied.”

Awesome Websites that Not Enough People Know About

Here is a great reddit list of Awesome websites that not enough people know about, with many learning-related websites. Note that the list features one of our own favorites—Class-Central!

MOOC of the Week

Here’s an outstanding new MOOC just starting from Coursera: “Intellectual Humility.” The course description is fantastic! “Faced with difficult questions people often tend to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. The world needs more people who are sensitive to reasons both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their political, religious and moral beliefs might be mistaken. The world needs more intellectual humility.”

We’re signing up for the course ourselves. (We simply can’t resist the opportunity to get a cheeky certificate that says “I am super humble!”)

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

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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