The Brave Learner


Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Book of the Month

We received a pre-publication of Julie Bogart’s magnificent The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life.  Barb’s cover blurb says it all: “A masterpiece. This is the deepest, most meaningful book on parenting I have ever read. If you want to raise your child to be a happy learner, whether via homeschooling or conventional schooling, read this book.” If you are a parent or parent-to-be, get this book! Nice for audio, too. (We’re had dinner with Julie—her voice is great!)

A Nature study reveals that stupid people are loud, proud, and oblivious
This article pithily encapsulates recent findings from Nature, the world’s foremost research journal. Researchers concluded that some of the most outspoken individuals suffer from an “illusion of knowledge.” “Though it was clear that their extreme opinions were cultivated from almost zero information, the subjects firmly believed that they knew the most. This disparity extends far outside the scientific realm, the study says.”

Of course, we already knew this. 😉

Genius Advertising Copywriter? Or Natural Neuroscientist?

LHTLer Kamlesh Parmar wrote to say “I am so happy to tell you that my son and I have benefited tremendously from your course Learning How to Learn on Coursera. I found this rare (1994) and insightful video of copywriting genius Eugene Schwartz. Surprisingly, he tells the similar techniques using a timer, the diffuse mode, and so forth.”

We agree—what a fascinating video this is about the entire creative process!  Incidentally, Schwartz’s magic lives on in the advertising cognoscenti—his now long out-of-print book Breakthrough Advertising, for example, sells for $299 used.

How To Boost Your Creativity The Einstein Way—With Combinatory Play

This nice article by Amy Rigby on Trello gives an overview of ideas related to how to be more creative through combinatory play. (We love the illustrative snippet from Office Space, a classic comedy that hits home because it’s so close to truth.) [Hat tip Joe Muskatel.]

Universities Face Increased Pressure from Job Programs That Generate Results, Not Just Debt

Imagine a school that trains software engineers in exchange for a portion of their income for a couple of years.  This process is taking place now in Lambda School, a Y Combinator company that trains students in software engineering in exchange for a slice of their income for a few years that recently raised $30 million from investors in a Series B round. Universities get their pay even when their students can’t get jobs—an incentive to push anything, even fluff.  Lambda School gets paid only when students have jobs.  Is this the wave of the future? Read more here.

Potential Cure for PTSD

Here’s an interesting article about work-in-progress using electric therapy to potentially make a significant improvement in those suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. “The theory that underpins MeRT posits that many… problems share a common origin: a person’s brain has lost the beat of its natural information-processing rhythm, what Won calls the ‘dominant frequency.’  Your dominant frequency is how many times per second your brain pulses alpha waves. “We’re all somewhere between 8 and 13 hertz. What that means is that we encode information 8 to 13 times per second. You’re born with a signature. There are pros and cons to all of those. If you’re a slower thinker, you might be more creative. If you’re faster, you might be a better athlete…” This one’s worth reading the whole thing.

45 MOOC-Based Master’s Degrees Worldwide

Some 45 university masters programs are following in the footsteps laid by Georgia Tech with their pioneering Online Master of Science in Computer Science.  Thinking of getting a high quality, low-cost masters degree online via MOOCs? Read the line up of available programs here.

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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