Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Jan 15, 2016

8th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Barb at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala

On Jan 18 and 19th, Barb will be speaking at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, one of the most vibrant, prestigious universities in Latin America—truly an extraordinary place! If you’d like to attend one of her talks, she’d be thrilled at the chance to meet you. Please email Gabriel Calada at for more details.

MOOC of the Week

We’re hearing great things from Senior Mentor Cristian Artoni about the MOOC Think101x The Science of Everyday Thinking, which features interviews with Adam Savage (a myth-busting hero of independent thinking!), Daniel Kahneman, John Dunlosky, and many more.

Imposter syndrome

Our learners are often interested in the concept of the “imposter syndrome.” Here’s an interesting thread on that started by Senior Mentor Linda Walker. Perhaps surprisingly, there’s not a lot of research on the imposter syndrome—if you’re a researcher, let this inspire you!—but Linda has listed some excellent resources. Barb has read Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s book The Confidence Code, and recommends it.

Hearty Book Recommendation

Let us close with our highest book recommendation for the week—Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant. We’re big believers in independent thinking and not following the herd. (To that end, the HeterodoxAcademy is a wonderful movement in academic life.) If you’re an independent thinker, you’ll find much in Originals to help keep you inspired.

We often tend to believe that original, creative people are full of certainty—it’s helpful to know that many of these originals have their share of doubt, and often do their best to hedge their bets. Adam Grant’s earlier book, Give and Take, is also a great favorite of ours—if you are sometimes worried about burning out from giving, this book will help put your life in order.

Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

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

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