A Quick Note About Being Smarter


I would like to share a blog post from Annie Murphey Paul. Annie is an author, speaker, etc whose expertise is learning – how people learn and how they can do it better.
The post discusses different perspectives for looking at intelligence – ideas provided by the science of learning. It shows how the way we experience things impacts how we become "smarter"
Yeah, it's a long post (and that is saying something coming from someone who has trouble keeping a blog post below 1,000 words), but there is a ton of information packed into that one web page.
To whet your appetite, here's a quote: "The ready availability of technology has persuaded many people that they don’t need to learn facts anymore, because they can always 'just Google it.' In fact, research...shows that the so-called '21st century skills' that we’re always hearing about—critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity—can’t emerge in a content-free vacuum. They must develop in the context of a rich base of fact knowledge: knowledge that’s stored on the original hard drive, one’s own brain."
I have never met anyone who wants less knowledge. As professionals, we want to know more about our profession, we want to know more about our business, and we want to know more about how we can do our jobs better.
After reading this piece, I wonder if we focus far too much on what we learn and not enough on the ways we learn it.
Read the piece. Peruse the site. (Hint: This is a blogger from whom you want regular updates.)  And let me know if you found anything that was interesting. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 by Mike Jacka

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